from Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois
There are times when we should give credit where credit is due. The level of effort that was provided and executed by, what are certainly too many people and agencies to mention here, in preparation and response to what eventually became Hurricane Barry was simply outstanding. Though I cannot name them all, I would like to point out a few groups that we at the NLLD worked with closely on this event.
First, thank you to the
Lafourche Parish Government, Administration, Council, the folks at the Emergency Operation Center and everyone at the
Department of Public Works. The cooperation and coordination in planning and responding to this event on a local level was a model of how local governments should provide these services to their citizens. I want to thank the
Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, the
Louisiana State Police and other first responders including their agencies and volunteers, who were diligent and ever-present during the event. We thank
Governor Edwards and the State, especially the
Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and
Mr. Chip Kline and those at the
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). Collectively, the Administration and these state agencies not only helped us in preparation and response to the storm threats, but served as the public face for all of our statewide coordinated efforts and delivered a concise, consistent and meaningful message to the public. It is very comforting to know that a tremendous amount of resources can be brought to bear via these State Agencies not only in preparation, but in response to ever-changing issues that occur during storm events.
Above and beyond the NLLD charge to provide the best storm and flood protection we can on a daily and ongoing basis, events like this cause us at the NLLD to have to make some challenging and sometimes difficult decisions as to when and what actions should be taken to best protect life and property within our District from specific threats. As such, I would like to commend the staff at the NLLD who prepared for what we were told to expect, took actions and remained attentive during the storm.
Lastly, but certainly not least, I want to thank and commend the public for their preparedness, their willingness to heed the warnings, their diligence and sense of self responsibility throughout this event. We all know this will not be the last time we are threatened by tropical weather, and the people of Lafourche should take pride in knowing what to do when we are threatened, as was evident in their response to this storm event.
North Lafourche Levee District