St. John residents vote for priority recovery projects

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Posted on March 18, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 18 at 10:21 PM

Scott Satchfield / Eyewitness News
Email: ssatchfield@wwltv.com | Twitter: @satchfield

LAPLACE, La. -- For Clarence Goffner and many others in LaPlace's Cambridge neighborhood, the past few months have been extremely tough.

Hurricane Isaac left homes across the subdivision flooded, and Goffner worries it could happen again.

"A levee or some kind of levee could be, you know, put around here to help out, because you can go out to Lake Ponchartrain and see how high the water gets," he said.

It's the biggest of many common concerns for St. John Parish residents.

Through a series of meetings beginning Monday night in Edgard, folks are getting a chance to let parish and FEMA officials know which recovery projects they want to see tackled first.

St. John Disaster Recovery Manager Raymond Goodman said officials will then try to move them forward.

"We're gonna be looking at state and federal agencies to go after funding to accomplish these projects that'll be identified in the next three nights," Goodman said.

Residents are choosing these priority projects from a pool of ideas that have been submitted over the last few weeks -- things like improvements to the water system and creating more recreational opportunities for kids.

Catherine Schons of Vacherie believes it’s a promising plan.

"I think it's tremendous,” she said. “Both sides of the river need to cooperate together."

"This is the only way you can get something done, by being together, you know, you gotta come together to make this happen," Goffner said.

St. John residents have two more opportunities to vote for their priority projects: Tuesday at the St. John Parish Civic Center in LaPlace and Wednesday at the Regala Gymnasium in Reserve. Both open house events run from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

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