PARISH OFFICIALS ATTEND CEREMONIAL SIGNING FOR WEST SHORE LEVEE PROJECT
Parish Officials attended a ceremonial signing for the project partnering agreement (PPA) with the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for the West Shore Levee Project at the Pontchartrain Levee District (PLD) Board Office in Lutcher today.
This ceremonial signing, jointly attended by River Region Parish Administrations, State and Federal Delegation, CPRA, the USACE and the PLD, marked the start of the engineering and design phase of the levee project. The project will include 18.5 miles of earthen levees and floodwalls, one mile of which will be in located in St. Charles Parish.
"The West Shore Levee project is vital to St. Charles Parish because it brings 100-year flood protection to the area of Montz," said St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran. " This will not only protect our residents on the East Bank by providing complete levee protection but is also the first step to helping lower flood insurance rates."
According to CPRA, federal funds in the amount of $760 million have been allocated to this project through the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which was signed into law on Feb. 9, 2018. CPRA’s Executive Director Bren Haase also noted that the project is part of a larger plan that will help reduce risk and improve resiliency for the region.
“Getting here today was not an easy task,” said Governor John Bel Edwards, “but it’s because of the hard work of the people here today that we were finally able to make it happen. Flood protection and infrastructure is important to any community and this project increases protection for 60 thousand homes.”
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