Ascension Parish residents urge Army Corps of Engineers to adopt levee plan

Published: Oct. 3, 2013 at 2:20 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2013 at 2:47 AM CDT
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ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Longtime Ascension Parish resident Ray Hall shared his concerns with members of the Army Corps of Engineers Wednesday night. Hall and other local homeowners joined area leaders in opposition of Alternative Plan C that Hall believes leaves the parish in troubled waters.

"I understand we need levees it's a good idea but put them in the right place at the right time and save the most people," said Hall.

Alternative Plan C is a series of levees that would go through St John the Baptist and St. Charles Parishes, but exclude St. James and Ascension.

Residents listened to presenters from the proposed project like Colonel Rick Hansen explain why Alternative C is the top option. Those residents then used their time to plug Alternative D, which would travel along Interstate 10 all the way to the Marvin Breaux pump station in Ascension Parish.

"We would appreciate taking every opportunity you can to look at alignment D," urged one resident.

"As you protect greater amount of citizens, structures and economic businesses of that nature there is a benefit to that," said another homeowner.

The difference in construction costs between Plan C and D is about an additional $10 million but State Representative Johnny Berthelot says the risk of taking on millions in property damage and lost business is worth every penny.

"I rode on the interstate and Airline Highway. Those areas you couldn't travel on. This proposal D would protect I-10 and airline highway. To me it's a no-brainer," said Berthelot.

The meeting marked the final hearing of the public comment period which closes October 8.

Colonel Hansen says every comment recorded will be considered before the Army Corps makes its final recommendation next summer.

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