$718M St. John Parish Levee Project Heads To Congress

Natalie Robottom

CONVENT, LA (AP) — A $718 million hurricane protection project for the east bank of St. John the Baptist Parish will be recommended to Congress for federal funding consideration.

         Parish President Natalie Robottom tells NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune’s Littice Bacon-Blood she was notified Wednesday that the Army Corps of Engineers "chief's report" has been approved, a move that advances the long-awaited project from the drawing board to possibly the turning of dirt.

         The project was endorsed by Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, the U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

         Robottom made the announcement during a groundbreaking ceremony in LaPlace for a local levee and drainage project in the Foxwood Subdivision aimed at reducing chronic flooding in that neighborhood.

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