Corps flood plans leave out Ascension Parish
GONZALES - The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing a flood protection system on the west side of Lake Pontchartrain, but leaves out levee plans for Ascension Parish.
The corps proposed a plan that would provide protection for St. John the Baptist Parish, including Laplace, instead of an alternate plan that would provide protection for St. James Parish and the southern corner of Ascension Parish.
"That is something that all of us are looking for and if there's any way possible that's obviously the ultimate plan for us," said Bill Roux, the Director of Drainage for Ascension Parish.
The corps said the plan proposed would cost less to build, ringing in at $881 million dollars, as opposed to the alternate plan that would cost nearly $11 million more.
Ascension Parish Councilman Randy Clouatre, is confident the parish could come up with the extra money to extend the project.
If the project remains as proposed, it could pose additional threat to Ascension Parish pushing water its way.
"It will put the parish, both St. James and Ascension at more risk than if nothing is done at all, if no type of levee system is done at all," said Roux.
The proposals are up for public comment now and parish leaders are urging residents to write congressional leadership in favor of the extended levee project.