St. James Levee Protection Plan

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“There’s no reason to leave us out,” says St. James Parish resident Johnath Norris.

Residents in St. James Parish are anxious and frustrated. Tonight they packed into Lutcher High School to confront the Corps.

For over a year they’ve been trying to convince the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that federal flood protection is needed.

Time is ticking and Corps has madeoption C their frontrunner. It’s an option that only protects neighboring St. John Parish with a structural levee.

Col. Richard Hansen with the Corps says, “Alternative C does call for non structural measures for approximately 1500 structures in St. James Parish and non structural measures may include home elevations or home relocations.”

“We’d be left open then between St. John levee and they got levees in Ascension Parish,” says Parish President Timmy Roussel.

“We are just going to be a funnel right in the middle of it,” says resident Lynn Roper.

Most residents in St. James are praying the Corps spends an extra $ 10, 000, 000 and chooses option D. This one extends the levee to protect St. James as well.

Reidents have until next month to comment on the project.  The Cirps is scheduled to make their pick in November, and present the plan to congress for final approval in September 2014.