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Iberville Parish council seeks federal help with erosion concerns

The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway along Highway 77 and 75 near PlaqueminE (Source: WAFB) The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway along Highway 77 and 75 near PlaqueminE (Source: WAFB)
IBERVILLE PARISH, LA (WAFB) -

Iberville Parish leaders are asking the federal government to step in and help stop the erosion of a major waterway.

Council members say the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is eating away at the banks, consuming land and causing structural problems on the highway. John Clark, the Environmental Manager in Iberville Parish, says that heavy barge traffic and lack of maintenance are the reasons behind the problem.

The parish has asked DOTD and the Army Corps of Engineers for help, but federal money is essential.

"We can't afford to lose this road as Hwy 75 is already caved in in some areas and is impassible. This has to be fixed," said Councilman Terry Bradford.

"Out here it's a classic case of out of sight, out of mind, but it is happening and we're trying to reach out and let everybody know the problem does exist and we want to fix it," said Clark.

The council approved a resolution to ask Congress for help.

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