ST. JOHN PARISH, La. – St. John Parish will get a visit from President Barack Obama as he tours the storm-damaged region.
President Obama will see the waters are beginning to subside so that crews can access flooded neighborhoods in St. John Parish as the long road to recovery begins in the river parish.
“The first message is going to be, we need a levee,” said Natalie Robottom, St. John Parish president. “Levee protection has worked for Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and St. Charles Parish. St. John Parish does not have a levee. If we had (a levee), this would not have happened.”
Issac brought a tidal surge from that swamped parts of St. John Parish, flooding roads and neighborhoods in places like LaPlace.
“All along the lake, the parishes that have levee protection and pumping capacity didn’t flood.”
Robottom will meet with Army Corps of Engineers officials to discuss flood protection Monday.
“Each day it is getting better,” said Robottom, “but it has been a horrible time. At this time we’re making progress.”
Workers can start to clean up and begin to make repairs to the power system, said Robottom.