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September 17, 2021
Protecting our People, Our Property and Our Way of Life
A Message from NLLD Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois
Hello, Everyone.
First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Lafourche and the surrounding parishes as we all struggle to recover from the impacts of Hurricane Ida. I'd like to provide an update on our operational status and the condition of our flood protection systems. 
Our Flood Protection Levees
My estimates are that 96% of the levees within the North Lafourche Levee District area withstood and were not overtopped by the storm surges resulting from Hurricane Ida. I realize, however, that this is little consolation to the good people who live within the 4% of those levees that were overwhelmed by Ida’s Storm Surge.

We had homes that took on water in the Kraemer community within the Zeller / Larousse Forced Drainage Area and the Bayou Bouef School Forced Drainage Area. We also had homes inundated in the Larose Community on the East side of Bayou Lafourche in the T-Boise Pump Forced Drainage Area. Anything we can do to continue to help the folks in those communities would be much appreciated. To be clear, however, contrary to rumors circulating, there were no breaches or failures to the levees themselves anywhere within the District.

In the areas that were flooded, this record-breaking storm caused localized storm surges that were anywhere from one to two feet or more above the current level of protection in those areas. So, the water came in everywhere all at once. In Kraemer, water rushed in over the levees and over Bayou road. In Larose, the water came in over the levees in some places, over the protection at North American Shipyard, over the sheet pile wall along Industrial Blvd and over Industrial Blvd. from the GIWW and over the road adjacent to the Bayou. Simply everywhere and all at once.

Folks on the ground during the event indicated that the water came up very rapidly. In fact, we recorded a 6’ change in water elevation at the T-Bois Pump reservoir in 30 minutes. We have captured high water mark elevations that show that is what happened. There were no breaches or failures other than the protection not being high enough for this extraordinary storm.
NLLD Office
Our office in Raceland suffered severe roof damage and water inundation. We have been working to make it watertight and cleared of all water and water damage. We thank the Lafourche Parish Government who have allowed us to co-locate at their EOC in Mathews immediately after the storm so that we could provide emergency response and coordinate the de-watering of the flooded areas. We are hoping to be “operational” by Monday or Tuesday of next week at our office in Raceland. We ask for your continued patience as we work to return our operations to a more normal status.

Thank you,
Dwayne Bourgeois
September NLLD Board of Commissioners Meeting Cancelled
This month's NLLD Board of Commissioners Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 21, 2021 has been cancelled.

A notice will be sent as soon as a new date and time are determined.
The North Lafourche Conservation, Levee, and Drainage District (known as NLLD) was formed in 1992 to provide drainage and flood protection services for the northern portion of Lafourche Parish, including the entire parish north of the Intracoastal Canal.  The District includes over 250 miles of levees and drainage canals, and over 40 pump stations.
2021 Board of Commissioners

Cory Kief, President
Timothy Allen, Vice President
Kenney Matherne, Sec/Treas
Louis Andolsek, Jr.
Rodney Foret
Percy Gasery, Jr.
Darcy Kiffe
Adley Peltier
Elmo "Jay" Pitre, III
Robert Pitre
Susan Testroet-Bergeron
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Board President:

Who We Are:

Dwayne Bourgeois
Executive Director

Katie DeRoche
Executive Assistant

Madonna Viguerie
Administrative Assistant

Arthur Ostheimer
Project Manager

Glenn Bourgeois
Field Coordinator

Peggy Boudwin
Office Assistant