Officials look to prevent repeat of Hurricane Isaac flood

Chris Miller
August 13, 2018 - 7:31 am

SIPA USA

Officials in St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes and others will gather today to announce a major flood protection project for the western edge of Lake Pontchartrain. 

When Hurricane Isaac flooded parts of the LaPlace area in 2012, St. John the Baptist Parish President Natalie Robottom says it didn't have to happen.

"Part of the problem was that this levee project had been underway for 42 years," Robottom said. 

But when Isaac's prolonged stay over southeastern Louisiana pushed storm surge over the western shore of the lake, Robottom said that helped move things along.

"You know, once the damage is done, there seems to be more action that takes place," she said, noting that when I-10 went underwater, it really got people's attention.

"We pulled everyone together, demonstrated that not just our homes and our people were in danger, but our industry, the interstate system, which is the evacuation route for entire southeast Louisiana,"  she pointed out.

Congressman Garrett Graves announced last month that $760 million has been secured to get the  Federal Westshore Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane and Storm Surge Risk Reduction Project moving.

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