$2M in drainage projects underway in Lafourche

The North Lafourche Levee District is working on more than $2 million in improvements to drainage in the Thibodaux area.

Mayor Tommy Eschete said the Thibodaux City Council requested many of the projects after relations improved between the council and the levee district.

About $900,000 of the district’s tax collections come from properties in Thibodaux, Lafourche Parish Assessor Michael Martin said.

The district took in about $3 million from a 12-mill property tax through its coverage area last year.

Many of the projects are underway or being prepared for bids, Levee District Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois said.

Projects include cleaning a portion of the St. Louis Canal, building a small ring levee system to protect the Acadia Woods area, adding culverts on Bayou Lane and within Peltier Park, and performing maintenance dredging on the Rienzi and Rosedown canals.

The levee district is also working with civil engineer T. Baker Smith on drainage studies for Haulsey Street and East Seventh Street.

Earlier this year, the City Council sought to withdraw from the Levee District to save money but dropped the proposal after meeting with Bourgeois and the board.

The resolution was proposed by Councilman Chip Badeaux, who said he felt the city had derived no benefits from 20 years of being the largest contributor to the district’s operation, a claim Bourgeois called “patently absurd.”

Eschete said that meeting opened a working dialogue between the city and the levee district.

“(The Levee District) has been responsive and has expedited our requests to assist us with these projects in the city, and I’m extremely pleased with what they’ve done and how they’ve handled it,” Eschete said.