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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Randolph impressed with work of NLLD

Randolph impressed with work of NLLD

District attempting improvements despite limited resources  

Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph addressed the regular meeting of the North Lafourche Levee District (NLLD) last Wednesday night in Mathews, expressing surprise and praise at the number and scope of NLLD projects.

After a review of all ongoing work in the eight regions of NLLD’s area of responsibility, the board asked for public comments.  Randolph obliged.

“I am so very impressed with your list of accomplishments and what you’re working on.  I had no idea,” she remarked.

Despite limited resources, NLLD is nonetheless attempting to improve levees and drainage in the central and northern parts of the parish which includes maintenance on more than 200 miles of levees and nearly 50 pump stations.

One of its most vulnerable responsibilities is the Lockport-Larose Project Area.  This slow process alone, of providing a levee at nine feet above sea level from Valentine to Larose, will take years to complete and is estimated to cost more than $38 million.  

The subparts to this and other projects were reviewed Wednesday night and the progress report was the reason for Randolph’s comments.

“The parish needs to know of your accomplishments, your plans, what you hope to accomplish in the future,” she said.

But while being complimentary, Randolph encouraged the board to consider moving their physical address from Thibodaux to the Mathews Government Complex.

“This is a fine meeting place, particularly to inform the parish of your efforts,” she said, referring to the giant video screen, the large audience area, and ample space for NLLD offices within the government building.

“I implore you to reconsider an address here,” said Randolph.

NLLD usually meets in Thibodaux, but has been to Mathews once in 2012, and is considering moving future meeting sites to other parts of the parish in order to better inform its constituents about ongoing and upcoming work.