Ascension Parish excluded from Army Corps of Engineers massive levee project; local authorities disappointed
POSTED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 4:35pm
UPDATED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 4:37pm
ASCENSION PARISH, LA (THECREOLE) — The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has released its feasibility study for its West Shore Project and recommended one of four proposals to construct 18 miles of levees in and around St. John the Baptist Parish.
According to our news partners at TheCreole.com, it is anticipated that the levee system will come with a nearly $881 million price tag.
The proposal favored by the Corps, Alignment C, was chosen over Alignment D which would have extended the levees an additional ten miles and would have afforded levee protection to St. James Parish and lower Ascension Parish, both of which suffered severe flooding during Hurricane Isaac last year. Alignment D would cost $891 million.
Sixth District Congressman Bill Cassidy said “I am disappointed in the Corps’ decision and believe they need to provide protection for Ascension and St. James Parishes, as well as St. John the Baptist, in their proposed flood protection system. I will continue pushing for that goal, so residents throughout the River Parishes can feel secure in their homes and communities.”