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Sun July 8, 2012
New use for an old floodgate possible
Terrebonne Parish Levee District officials say a second-hand floodgate from Westwego could provide Pointe-aux-Chenes residents with some quick flood protection for a little money.
The Courier of Houma reports (http://bit.ly/NatJMM) that the 11-foot-tall barge floodgate was installed as stop-gap flood protection by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2007 while it finished a larger floodgate in Bayou Segnette. It is set to be removed in August.
West Jefferson officials approached the Terrebonne Parish Levee District about the possibility of using it.
Stevie Smith, vice president of All South Engineers, has been overseeing technical aspects of the project. He said local levee officials and state lawmakers are working with Cajun Constructors of Baton Rouge to donate it to Terrebonne. The company is tasked with getting rid of the floodgate.