Permanent fix needed to protect residents from flood waters around Bayou Chene

Permanent fix needed to protect residents from flood waters around Bayou Chene
(Source: Assumption Parish)
(Source: Assumption Parish)

ASSUMPTION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A temporary safety measure that has worked twice before along the Assumption - St. Mary Parish line, is being used again to reduce the threat of flooding around Bayou Chene.

Over the weekend, crews with the St. Mary Levee District sunk a barge to block water in the bayou from traveling in to several parishes.

"Pending any failure, we believe it's going to work," said John Boudreaux, the director of the Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness.

This flooding event makes the third time a barge has been brought it. Similar efforts happened in 2011 and 1973.

Boudreaux said he has been watching the water levels and so far there has been a d rop on the Assumption side by two-tenths.

Elsewhere in the parish, no wake zone signs have been posted in critical areas around Pierre Part and Lake Verret to protect roadways and camps from any backwater.

Without those safety measures in place, the director said they've seen how bad things can get.

"In 1991, there was a flood. We had 600 homes in Assumption that received flood waters in them."

Boudreaux said the key to keeping residents safe in the future is a more permanent structure in Bayou Chene. He said the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has promised one in the future.

According to Boudreaux, the total cost for what is needed is just above $100 million. He said that money would be funded using settlement money from the BP oil spill.

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