The Army Corps of Engineers says a federal levee designed to protect Terrebonne Parish and parts of Lafourche Parish from storm flooding will cost $12.9 billion. State and local officials would have to come up with 35 percent, or up to $4.5 billion.
The plan released Friday includes 36 additional miles of levee, extending the Morganza project from U.S. 90 in Gibson to Louisiana Highway 1 in Lockport.
The corps plans a meeting about it Jan. 31 at the Houma Municipal Auditorium.
The Terrebonne Parish School Board has dropped a proposal to give Superintendent Philip Martin a pay raise.
The Courier reports Board President L.P. Bordelon said Martin asked the board to pull the motion Tuesday night.
The school board's executive committee had recommended increasing Martin's base salary from $134,500 to $155,000. No board member made a motion to adopt that recommendation, so the proposal failed without coming to a vote.