News Release from the Morganza Action Coalition

August 21, 2013

HNC “Bubba Dove” Floodgate Dedication Is Huge Achievement for Terrebonne Parish

(Houma, LA) - Morganza Action Coalition (MAC) President Sharon Bergeron issued the following statement today on the dedication of the Houma Navigation Canal “Bubba Dove” Floodgate in Terrebonne Parish.

“This is a wonderful day for all of us living and working in Terrebonne Parish, and for everyone who has fought so hard for flood protection in our parish. On behalf of the members of the Morganza Action Coalition (MAC), I applaud the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District, Terrebonne Parish Government, our state legislative delegation, and the State of Louisiana for making this new floodgate on the Houma Navigation Canal (HNC) a priority and a reality. We give special thanks to Rep. Gordon Dove, who worked tirelessly to advance this project on the state level and whose late son’s name is memorialized on this impressive structure,” says MAC President Sharon Bergeron.

“The Bubba Dove Floodgate will provide a significant barrier of protection between our homes and businesses and the devastating Gulf storm surge that threatens our lives and our property during hurricane events.  It also symbolizes the perseverance and dedication of our proud Terrebonne Parish residents who have committed not only once, but twice, to taxing themselves to construct levees and floodgates that protect our community, all while we push for full authorization and federal funding of the complete Morganza to the Gulf system,” Bergeron continues.

“MAC is aggressively working to achieve federal authorization for Morganza in the 2013 Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA), which will allow us to seek federal funding for the full project. We continue to pound the pavement on Capitol Hill to convince federal lawmakers that our unique region, its hard-working people, and our valuable economy are worth protecting,” Bergeron concludes.

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