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State money sought for Bayou Blue levee project

State money sought for Bayou Blue levee project

BAYOU BLUE, La. (AP) — The North Lafourche Levee District is proposing a new levee project in Bayou Blue and asking for state money to begin construction.

Dwayne Bourgeois, the levee district's executive director, tells The Courier the district asked the state for $4.5 million to build levees and a canal closure structure along Hollywood Canal in Bayou Blue.

Bourgeois said the project is still in the early stages, with engineers working to define its scope, but it could be one of the district's most important upcoming projects.

The project is designed to prevent high storm water in the Hollywood Canal from backing into the subdivisions on the Lafourche side of La. 316.

The district estimated the project could provide flood protection to 7,000 residents and 1,800 homes in the Bayou Blue area.

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