Another hurricane season without flood protection set to start for Mandeville

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Posted on May 16, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
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MANDEVILLE- Some of the last repairs from Hurricane Isaac are finally underway along the lakefront in Mandeville. At the same time, the results of a study offering suggestions to prevent flooding damage in Old Mandeville from hurricanes, or just high tides, are ready for presentation at a community meeting next week.

Mayor Donald Villere said, “Not only from the activity of rising water from the lake but also rain fall activity. They modeled both of those so we'll get a comprehensive look."

It's something residents who have flooded repeatedly desperately want to see in motion.

"Had to put new carpet and buy new furniture,” said Gene Roth, “I guess about three or four times." But some city leaders say they're disappointed those solutions, like flapper valves for culvert openings in the lake, aren't in place already.

Councilman-At-Large Rick Danielson said, "The city council budgeted $1 million last year for flood solution measures. Wasn't enough to do everything, but it was enough to start something. In my opinion, we should already have those flapper valves in place right now.”

As hurricane season closes in, some wonder if anything will be different along the lakefront regarding their protection.

"We've had meetings, we've got the price, they could have been installed in time for hurricane season and it’s still not up. As the owner of this restaurant, we're concerned we're gonna get flooded again," said Scott Discon, co-owner of The Scott’s Coffee & Tapa’s Bar.

The mayor says the hold-up has been measuring out the culverts, and the goal is to have something in place during this season. Many just hope, whatever protection is chosen, is where it needs to be, when it needs to be and works. The flood protection meeting is Tuesday night at the Mandeville Community Center on the East Causeway Approach. It starts at 6 p.m.

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