Officials break ground on new Audubon Estates neighborhood, where residents of flood-prone Pecan Acres will relocate

Groundbreaking ceremony held at new Audubon Estates neighborhood for those in flood-prone area

POINTE COUPEE PARISH, La. (WAFB) - A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday, Oct. 6 at the site of Audubon Estates, which is the neighborhood where residents of the flood-prone Pecan Acres subdivision will be relocating.

Most homes in Pecan Acres have flooded more than 17 times in the last three decades, the governor’s office says.

“This groundbreaking event is a momentous milestone that we have been working to achieve since 2016. It was then that I met with Pop Bazille and the residents who shared their stories with me of years of flooding. I made a commitment then that we would help them move to safer ground, and today we broke ground on what will soon become their new homes. This is part of Louisiana’s journey to adapting to a changing climate in a way that is proactive and deliberate,” Gov. Edwards said. “Some of our most flood-prone communities are facing similar relocations, such as the residents of Isle de Jean Charles near Houma and Silverleaf in Gonzales. Audubon Estates will be praised as a model of federal, state and local government partnerships that can provide repetitive flood-loss communities with positive outcomes that safeguard their homes and allow peace of mind.”

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Construction in Audubon Estates began in May and should be complete by early 2021. Tuesday’s groundbreaking signified the beginning of the residential phase of construction. There will be 16 homes in the neighborhood.

The new 22-acre neighborhood, Audubon Estates, is located north of Nelson Lane on LA 10.

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