St. Charles Parish received a permit this month to complete construction of the Magnolia Ridge reach of the parish’s West Bank Hurricane Protection Levee.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources gave final approval of the permit, which includes the second lift of an earthen levee, tidal exchange structures and a major pumping station for interior drainage.
With the receipt of this permit, St. Charles Parish now has clearance to construct the entire 8.3-mile stretch of levee between the Davis Diversion and the Sunset tie-in at the Paradis Canal.
“Since we started this endeavor in 2008, I’ve always compared the West Bank Levee to a puzzle, and I’m happy to say that this is one of the final ‘approval’ pieces,” Parish President V.J. St. Pierre said. “This is a major milestone, but we’ve still got years of construction ahead.”
About $35 million in grants and local funding has been budgeted in 2014 for planned levee work, with approximately $1.1 million already spent on construction of phase I of the Willowridge reach, soil borings for the Ellington reach and permit fees for the Magnolia Ridge reach.