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Senator pushes again to win federal approval for local levee project

September 24, 2013

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., continues to pressure the U.S. House of Representatives to include the $10.3 billion Morganza-to-the-Gulf federal levee system project in its version of the water resources bill.

Vacherie area swamps to help with sewage treatment

September 24, 2013

St. James Parish government has agreed to make the final land purchase below south Vacherie for a regional sewer system relying on Louisiana swamp lands to do part of the water cleansing work.

FEMA or Congress, somebody do something about flood insurance rates: Editorial

September 22, 2013

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate told a Senate committee Wednesday that massive increases in flood insurance rates are unfair to middle class and low-income homeowners. But he said he doesn't have a way to stop the increases under the Biggert-Waters Flood…

Parish President Pat Brister shares details on flood protection, insurance rates, and area construction

September 21, 2013

Shoreline residents packed the Tammany Yacht Club on Sept. 10 to hear Parish President Pat Brister address the Eden Isles Homeowners Association meeting. Brister addressed concerns including flood protection, insurance rates, and area construction projects.

Corps of Engineers will armor more levees with fabric mat, grass combo

September 20, 2013

The Army Corps of Engineers has decided to use a combination of fabric mats and grass to armor most earthen hurricane levees on both sides of the river, a senior corps official confirmed Thursday, but exactly which levees will get…

Mid-Barataria project could be first of 10 in state aimed at reinforcing eroding coast

September 19, 2013

Money is finally falling into place for a major new project that would tap the silt-laden Mississippi River to create 50 square miles of wetlands — the first of what officials hope will be 10 such diversions designed to reinforce…