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Gov. Edwards Announces Construction is Underway on Permanent Floodgate at Bayou Chene in St. Mary Parish

July 20, 2020

BATON ROUGE — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced construction is now underway on components of a permanent floodgate on Bayou Chene below Morgan City that will provide flood protection for portions of six parishes. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and St. Mary Parish Levee District (SMLD) are overseeing construction of the automated barge floodgate. CPRA is directing $80 million from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) to fund the project.