Lafourche Officials Celebrate Beginning Of Floodwall Project

Lafourche Parish Councilman Phillip Gouaux

LAROSE, LA (AP) — Construction has started on a roughly $5 million floodwall along the Intracoastal Waterway to help protect more than 300 homes and 15 businesses from Larose to Lockport.

         The Courier’s Meredith Burns reports Lafourche Parish Councilman Phillip Gouaux said it's been a long time coming at Monday's ground-breaking ceremony.

         The new 8-foot seawall stretching about 2,650 feet along Industrial Park Boulevard is expected to help protect homes and businesses, including North American Shipbuilding, from flooding.

         The project also involves raising about 1,000 feet of road to a 7-foot elevation.

         Sandy Guidry, a project engineer with the Angelette-Picciola design firm that is working on the project, said it should take about eight months to complete.

         Gouaux said the area is the most vulnerable in Lafourche Parish.

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