Plaquemines Parish continues to work on protection for LA Highway 23

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Posted on June 25, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 25 at 6:41 PM

Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
Email: arodrigue@wwltv.com | Twitter: @ashleyrwwl

Workers were continuing long-term hurricane preparations in Plaquemines Parish on Monday while the state starts planning to get a permanent protection project off the ground.
 
The work started as a defense against Tropical Storm Debby.

Sandbags were being stacked to heighten the levee behind the Myrtle Grove subdivision and Hesco baskets were lining LA Highway 23 for three miles in the same area to prevent any over-topping from flooding the only way out for many residents in the event of a storm.
 
But Parish officials are hoping this is one of the last years these precautions will have to be taken because soon LA Highway 23 will be high enough to protect itself.

"They've known we've had this problem, the Legislature, Senator Heitmeier, Representative Leopold, Senator Alario, has helped us address this problem with President Nungesser to get money for the road to be raised," Plaquemines Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Guy Laigast said

That money was secured this past session. It's $6 million to boost the same three miles being protected today in Myrtle Grove by two feet. One million of that is ready to go to an engineer to get started.

People in the area said it's about time.

"It never floods in Belle Chasse so I'm deciding why it took so long to get the money and start fixing down here where it really floods," Ron Stewart said. "Making signs, making progress, that's a big help. At least our kids will see something even if I don't see any."

The Bond Commission may consider the use of the other $5 million in August. No timeline is in place for construction or completion yet.

 

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