It has come to my attention, by way of the 2017 Draft Coastal Master Plan put forth by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, that the Structural Risk Reduction Levee will include and protect almost all of the cities, towns, and communities in the Parishes of Terrebonne, Lafourche and St. Charles.
However, the plan leaves out the community of Gheens, the LaTour Country Club and areas surrounding LaTour.
The proposed plan, as drawn up, “funnels” any storm surge directly into the community of Gheens, and it is for this reason that I believe that the 2017 Draft Coastal Master Plan presents itself as a risk to the community of Gheens, and the LaTour Country Club rather than a risk-reduction.
Instead, if the levee turned somewhere behind Bollinger Shipyard in Lockport, and then headed north to its intersection with the Company Canal, then followed the existing Company Canal and tied in to the existing Gheens levee system, then left the existing Gheens levee system and headed north toward Highway 90 to tie in with the proposed levee, this system would now be capable of protecting the community of Gheens by stopping a surge of water from the “funnel effect”.
I understand that the low lying areas of Terrebonne Parish are susceptible to flooding so they are within the Structural Risk Reduction Levee, and that Gheens lies on a ridge and has never flooded, but that is no reason to leave it out of the system.
I assume that it was federal dollars that were spent in lower Terrebonne Parish lifting all of those homes that had previously flooded and now those same houses will be included in the Structural Risk Reduction System.
The point that I am trying to make is that lower Terrebonne has received two forms of protection while the Gheens community has not yet received one.
Although Gheens has never flooded, I believe that will soon change if the community of Gheens is excluded from the system and bordered to the north, south and west by the flood side of the Structural Risk Reduction Levee System.
Residents in Gheens are concerned and do not want to be left out.
If anyone has any recommendations on what the residents of the community of Gheens can do to insure inclusion in the Structural Risk Reduction Levee System, please contact the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), who will be taking comments and feedback through March 26. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, P.O. Box 44027, Baton Rouge, LA 70804, or visit their website at coastal.la.gov.; or District 6 Parish Councilman Corey Perrilloux, (985) 805-0391, email@example.com; the North Lafourche Levee District, (985) 537-2244, firstname.lastname@example.org; State Rep. Jerry Gisclair, (985) 798-7707, email@example.com; or Congressman Steve Scalise, (Houma office) (985) 879-2300.
Residents in Gheens are also concerned that flood insurance could be out of reach for most people because of the circumstances that no levee would constitute.
Terry J. Breaux
Concerned Resident of Gheens, LA
Posted on Tue, March 14, 2017
by The Lafourche Gazette