The Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government, Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District and the U.S. Corps of Engineers signed a cooperative agreement on the $30.24 million Terrebonne Parish non-federal levee project on December 15, 2008.
This agreement was the beginning of a monumental event which will enable the Corps to begin construction on non-federal levees.
The Groundbreaking, held February 06, 2009 marked the beginning of this project.
Parish President Michel H. Claudet stated, “ I am very pleased to see that this day has finally arrive. This is such an important project for Terrebonne Parish. I want to give special thanks to all of those who worked together to make it a reality, especially Senator David Vitter for his tireless efforts, which made this all possible.”
The project proposes repairs, replacements, modifications, and improvements to the Suzie Canal and the Orange Street non-federal levees
“It takes cooperation and coordination between state, local and federal entities to complete this project,” said Col. Alvin B. Lee, New Orleans District commander. “It has been a great effort by all parties to get to this point.”
Among the dignitaries present at the ceremony were: Col. Thomas O’Hara, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District Commander; Lt. Col Mark Jernigan, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District; Michel H. Claudet, Terrebonne Consolidated Government President; Senator Reggie Dupre, State Representative Damon Baldone, Windell Curole, Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District Past President; Anthony Alford, President; Walton Daisy, Darrin Guidry, and Howard Pinkston of the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District. Also present were: Arlanda Williams, Council Chair; Alvin Tillman, Johnny Pizzolatto and Joey Cehan of the Terrebonne Parish Council.
Although Senator David Vitter was not able to be present, Rachel Perez represented him.
Clayton Voisin, Councilman for District 7, regretfully, had a previous engagement and was not able to attend the Ground Breaking. Councilman Voisin stated “I appreciate the efforts of everyone who helped to make this possible for the Grand Caillou, Dulac area, especially Senator David Vitter. This is protection that has been long overdue. My hope is that this will be adequate protection for the residents of my district who have experienced numerous events of flooding and that they will not have to endure this tragedy again”.