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WEST SHORE LEVEE PROJECT RECEIVES FULL FUNDING
Leaders cite “teamwork” as key to receiving $760 million
St. Charles Parish, LA - The West Shore Lake Pontchartrain levee project that will provide residents in Montz with 100-year hurricane protection, has received full funding from Congress today.
“One of my top priorities coming into office was to secure hurricane protection for Montz and within the last 15 months all of the stakeholders worked together to make this happen,” said St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran. “Thank you to our Montz residents for being patient during this process.”
Congressman Garret Graves made the announcement along with $2.6 billion in federal funding for other flood protection projects.
Both Cochran and St. John the Baptist Parish President Natalie Robottom cited teamwork with Graves and others as the reason for funding being awarded to the project.
“Full funding for the West Shore hurricane protection levee is the biggest WIN in [our] parish history and it will remain so for many years to come.” said Robottom. “This is a great day for everyone in the region and I am elated to share this awesome news.”
Graves noted the impact upon flood insurance, protection and economic development that that the funding will have in South Louisiana.
“After more than 40 frustrating years of delays, the logjam has finally been broken: Westshore is fully funded and is now on a fast track to completion. What does that mean for us? It means that our homes will be protected, our businesses safer, and most importantly our families are going to have safe communities to live in. It’s going to help bring down our flood insurance rates, and lure economic development and jobs to our region,” said Graves. “This is part of a new, nearly 3-billion-dollar investment in South Louisiana that we are making, including 760 million dollars for the West shore project alone. Flood protection, infrastructure development, and job creation are among some of our top priorities. Today’s announcement is historic, it’s going to make our region safer and I’m looking forward to going out there and seeing the dirt turn and progress be made.”
Graves has visited the site of St. Charles Parish’s West Bank Hurricane Protection Levee several times since the beginning of it’s construction.
About the West Shore Levee Project
The West Shore Lake Pontchartrain levee project is a federal project that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fast-tracked an existing study of in response to flooding on the East Bank of St. Charles, St. John the Baptist and St. James Parishes following events such as Hurricane Isaac. The study completed in August 2013 and recommended construction of an 18-mile levee. The levee will begin at the west guide levee of the Bonnet Carré Spillway, extend to Hope Canal, then head south toward the Mississippi River Levee. It will protect the communities of Montz, LaPlace, Reserve and Garyville.
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PICTURED: St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran, Rep. Garret Graves and officials tour the Willowridge Pump Station in Luling in August of 2017.