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PRESS RELEASE

Update on St. Mary Levee District Projects

ST. MARY PARISH (May 26, 2011) - The following is an update on the flood protection efforts completed to date by the St. Mary Levee District (herein referred to as SMLD).

Baldwin Area

  • Assisted the Town in obtaining 6,000 linear feet of Tiger Tubes to protect from Bayou Choupique backwater flooding
Franklin Area
  • Assisted the City in obtaining 6,100 linear feet of Tiger Tubes
  • Installed 125 linear feet of sheet piles, and delivered 125 - 3'x 3' sandbags and 120 cubic yards of sand to the Franklin Canal area, effectively closing the canal to prevent backwater flooding
  • Currently working on putting 300 cubic feet/second portable pumps on standby to ensure adequate pumping capacity if it rains within the protected area of the Franklin Canal
  • Currently water levels on the protected side of the canal are approximately 6" to 12" less than on the unprotected side
Hanson Canal
  • Installed 200 linear feet of sheet piles and delivered 200 - 3' x 3' sandbags and 200 cubic yards of sand to the Hanson Canal area, effectively closing the canal to prevent backwater flooding
  • Currently water levels on the protected side of the canal are approximately 6" to 12" less than on the unprotected side
Yellow Bayou
  • Installed 200 linear feet of sheet piles, and delivered 200 - 3' x 3' sandbags and 200 cubic years of sand to the Yellow Bayou area, effectively closing the bayou to prevent backwater flooding
  • Currently working on putting 200 cubic feet/second portable pumps on standby to ensure adequate pumping capacity if it rains within the protected area of Yellow Bayou
  • Currently water levels on the protected side of the bayou are approximately 12” less than on the unprotected side
E. Bayou Sale-Gordy Road Reach
  • Delivered and installed 200 - 3' x 3' sandbags, 710 cubic yards of sand, and 300 - 3' x 3' x 15' HESCO baskets to elevate the levee height to prevent backwater flooding in the area
  • Elevated levee in low areas near the Exxon pipe yard and boat landing with dirt that was available on and near the levee
Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) near the Bayou Sale Ridge and Highway 317
  • Placed 1,000 cubic yards of clay soil on the north bank and 1,650 cubic yards of clay soil on the south bank of the GIWW and also lined with large sand bags
Centerville
  • Delivered and installed 10,000 cubic yards of sand, 3,000 - 3' x 3' sandbags, and 5,000 - 3' x 3' x 15' HESCO baskets to protect the citizens living on and near Bayou Teche and Calumet
Cotton Road Levee Area
  • Placed 1,600 cubic yards of rip rap on the unprotected side of the levee to prevent erosion
Possum Bayou Pump Station
  • Placed 500 linear feet of reclaimed asphalt and 200 filled sandbags on the levee near the pump station area south of Highway 90 to increase the levee height approximately 2' to align with existing flood wall
Wilson Landing, Patterson
  • Placed 1,200 linear feet of reclaimed asphalt on levee to increase height and the United States Army Corps of Engineers placed HESCO baskets on the unprotected side of the levee
Amelia
  • Assisted in acquiring 30,360 cubic yards of sand, 80,000 sandbags (30lb), 2,000 - 3' x 3' sand bags, 16,400 yards of clay soil, and 12,000 - 3' x 3' x 15' HESCO baskets for the Amelia Area, and requesting the 100 National Guard personnel to install to prevent backwater flooding
  • Requested 15 dirt hauling trucks, various dozers, and a front end loader provided by DOTD
  • Portable pumps have been acquired to ensure any stormwater from a rain event is able to be pumped over the protective measures (HESCOs, sandbags, etc)
Bayou Chene
  • One 500' x 120' x 33' submersible deck barge, 24,000 tons of rip rap, 1,000 linear feet of sheetpile has been installed into Bayou Chene to prevent backwater flooding in the Amelia and Morgan City areas, in addition to Terrebonne, Assumption, Lower St. Martin, and Iberville Parishes
  • Levees have been constructed on Avoca Island and improvements have been made on Tabor canal to tie into the existing spoil bank levees, close two pipeline canals, raise one weir structure, and to tie into the Bayou Chene structure
  • Water levels on the protected side of the bayou are approximately 2.7 feet less than on the unprotected side
  • Aids to navigation have been installed in the channel and on the barge in accordance with United States Coast Guard regulations to denote closed channel
Parishwide
  • Levees are being patrolled by additional St. Mary Parish Sheriff deputies to ensure only authorized personnel are on the levees
  • In addition, the United States Army Corps of Engineers and SMLD personnel are patrolling the levees daily to insure structural integrity
At this time, due to protective measures described above, the SMLD does not anticipate any flooding on the protected side of the levees and of additional protective measures installed in the past few weeks.

SMLD would like to respectfully request all citizens stay off the levees unless authorized.

Any additional questions can be directed to the SMLD at (985) 380-5500.


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