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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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Three levee districts develop partnership

Three levee districts develop partnership

The September 8 South Lafourche Levee District (SLLD) public meeting was attended by directors of two other local levee districts—Dwayne Bourgeois of the North Lafourche Levee District (NLLD), and Reggie Dupre of the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District (TLCD).

The two directors shared in announcing the completion of a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) between the three districts to begin a portion of levee protection along the Terrebonne-Lafourche border in the Pointe-Aux-Chenes area which will benefit both parishes.

The project known as “Sections K and L”, which will be undertaken through the CEA, is within the Morganza to the Gulf levee project, a massive $12 billion-plus system that will eventually run through both parishes.

According to Dupre, Morganza now extends from Gibson to the west and connecting with the Lafourche Parish levee system at Lockport to the east.

The cooperative agreement describes the financial and/or in-kind share that each levee district will provide toward completion of “K and L”. The South Lafourche Levee District will manage the project.

Dupre announced at the public meeting that the CEA was signed and sent to the state earlier that day.

Although Terrebonne and NLLD will receive most of the benefit from “K and L”, SLLD General Manager Windell Curole said that it will positively impact lower Lafourche as well.

“We will get some help along the Intracoastal Waterway,” said Curole, noting that most hurricanes and tidal surges come from the east.

Dupre also described an addition in the scope of Morganza which will tie the project into the SLLD system. In addition to “K and L” and their connection to Lafourche, a future planned floodgate in the Intracoastal Waterway near North American Shipyard in Larose will connect with NLLD levee projects going north toward Gheens.

"The floodgate will protect all three of us from flood waters coming into Larose from the Barataria Basin,” said Dupre.

NLLD director Bourgeois said Morganza will help his district in trying to fill “gaps” in the levee system going toward Gheens.

Dupre warned that the floodgate is little more than a plan and that the cost will be between $200 and $250 million in today’s dollars.