Grant approved for Pointe-aux-Chenes floodgate

The state approved a grant last week that will cover 50 percent for a new floodgate to be built on Bayou Pointe-aux-Chenes.

Officials say the barge floodgate will be 56-feet wide and 18 feet above sea level. It’s expected to benefit residents of Pointe-aux-Chenes, Bourg, Montegut and Grand Bois by preventing flooding during heavy storms.

The Department of Transportation and Development submitted the proposal to the Joint Legislative Committee. In a collaborative effort by the Terrebonne Levee District and the Louisiana Flood Control Program, the committee approved the $7.6 million proposal, which is expected to cover half of the floodgate’s costs. The parish, through its 1/2-cent sales tax and bond sales, will match the state to build the roughly $15 million steel floodgate, which will also connect the Lafourche and Terrebonne drainage levees.

Councilman Pete Lambert said Bayou Point-aux-Chenes is the last remaining bayou in Terrebonne without a floodgate.

“By placing that floodgate there, it’s a real critical piece of the puzzle,” he said, referring to the Morganza-to-the-Gulf levee system.

The floodgate won’t be ready until the 2015 hurricane season, said Reggie Dupre, executive director of the Terrebonne Levee District.

A lot of planning went into securing the grant money to build a floodgate that can withstand heavy pressure, Dupre said.

During Hurricane Isaac, Point-aux-Chenes and Isle de Jean Charles were the only areas in Terrebonne that saw flooding, he said.

But it wasn’t because the levees were overtopped, he said.

“It was the flooding that came up through the bayou because there was no floodgate there.”

Dupre said the floodgate, along with other parishwide flood prevention efforts such as the Houma Navigation Canal floodgate is an added piece to the puzzle for Terrebonne and much of Lafourche.

Dupre and Lambert both noted the grant would not have been approval if it wasn’t for support from Sen. Norby Chabert, R-Houma, Rep. Lenar Whitney, R-Houma, Rep. Gordon Dove, R-Houma, and Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph, who pushed for the project.

The Texas-based Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., formally the Shaw Group, is designing the floodgate. Once the design phase is complete, Dupre said the plan is to put out a bid for contractors before 2014.

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