Governor John Bel Edwards announced in March that the LA Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has committed $80 million from the state's share of Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) funds to build a permanent floodgate on Bayou Chene in St. Mary Parish.
The floodgate will protect St. Mary, Lafourche, Terrebonne, Assumption and Iberville Parishes from backwater flooding, like that seen during the spring 2016 severe flood event that occurred in this area. Following the 2016 flood, a temporary barge gate was installed on Bayou Chene, and that structure will now be replaced by the permanent floodgate.
"The Bayou Chene Floodgate will be a great help in flood protection for Lafourche," said NLLD Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois. "Without it, there is a huge risk of backwater flooding from high water in the Atchafalaya River to hit many parts of our parish."