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Sunday, September 16, 2018



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Projects to provide flood protection from Lockport to Larose

Projects to provide flood protection from Lockport to Larose

Two new levee projects are underway in Lafourche Parish to improve flood protection from Lockport to Larose.

The return levee in the Valentine area will allow for the North Lafourche Levee District to build up 9 feet of flood protection from Valentine to Lockport. The project will use Bayou Lafourche as a ridge and the back levees will have 9 feet of protection, said levee district Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois.

“This will give 9 feet of protection all the way through and including Lockport. That’s our ultimate goal and we have several other pieces to pull together, but that’s what we’re working toward,” Bourgeois said.

The other project will stabilize the levees south of that point from Valentine to Larose while also increasing their height from just over 5 feet to 7 feet. The project is going to fill in parts of the existing borrow canal in order to stabilize it.

“The problem there is that it’s a very unstable levee and we need to stabilize it first. We won’t be gaining much height in elevation, but we’ll be able to stabilize it first and we’re then going to come back to reshape it to gain a little more height,” Bourgeois said. “The levee’s too close to the existing borrow canal, which is why it’s unstable, and we’re going to backfill it to stabilize it.”

The projects should go out to bid on Dec. 7 and Bourgeois said he is hopeful they should be able to make a recommendation to proceed in time for the district’s December meeting.

 

-- Staff Writer Dan Boudreaux can be reached at 857-2204 or dan.boudreaux@houmatoday.com. Follow him on Twitter @dan_boudreaux.