Work on levee system underway
HOUMA - Work is underway to tie Terrebonne and south Lafourche's levee systems together.
The Courier reports the action will close a gap in the Morganza to the Gulf hurricane protection system and offer some protection from storm surge for residents in parts of both parishes.
The preliminary design has been completed for a portion of the Morganza project. The levee sections will stretch from Morganza's current endpoint in Pointe-aux-Chenes to connect into south Lafourche's ring levee system at Cut Off.
Terrebonne Levee Director Reggie Dupre said $7.5 million in hurricane recovery grants has been put aside for design and construction of the levee but is not enough to complete the project.
Dupre said he hopes to secure up to $6.3 million in state infrastructure dollars to help build the levee.