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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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SLLD Receives Surprise Visit

SLLD Receives Surprise Visit


Former State Representative Richard “Dick” Guidry surprised the South Lafourche Levee District (SLLD) with a visit to its most recent public meeting last week.

Guidry was introduced as a pioneer of the Levee District, having fostered legislation in 1968 to give the board authority to construct levees in the lower part of the parish.

His initial efforts and his subsequent serving on the board until 2008 helped ensure the protection which the levees afford today.

In his comments, he called SLLD the “best board in the state” and thanked the members and employees for being “honest and productive in their efforts to build the levees.”

Guidry congratulated board members for being efficient in their use of local tax money to do a job which the Corp of Engineers could not do for 10 times that amount.

The SLLD collects approximately $8 million per year in taxes. 

“It would cost $80 million if the Corp was in charge,” he said.

Guidry advised SLLD members to continuously remind the public that the levee system and the highway system are "one", and that without a protective levee system, the highways are meaningless. 

He also asked the board to consider going to major companies, businesses which rely on our levee and highway infrastructure, to ask for grant money to further enhance the levee system. 

“It is tax-deductible.  You would be surprised at the amount of money they would give,” he said.

In closing, Guidry said “I congratulate you.  I couldn’t be prouder of this board.  It is amazing what ya’ll have accomplished.  You never stopped,” he said.