NAPOLEONVILLE — An Assumption Parish resident thanked the Police Jury and other agencies for their quick response in protecting his home from floodwaters last month.
During the public comment period of the jury’s regular meeting Wednesday, Ernie Blanchard expressed his appreciation to those who helped to save his and others’ property from Tropical Storm Lee flooding in September.
“When public officials do a good job, they don’t often get the credit they deserve,” Blanchard told jurors. “I’m here to give you that credit tonight.”
Blanchard said the storm’s heavy rainfall quickly caused overtopping of the levee near his home, which is near both Bayou Lafourche and Cancienne Canal.
“If left unchecked, that water would have free-flowed from Bayou Lafourche to Lake Verret and flooded all of the Cancienne Canal,” he said. “There was a 6-foot differential between Bayou Lafourche and Cancienne Canal.”
Within minutes of calling the parish’s emergency operations center, Blanchard said, officials with local and parish government, sheriff’s deputies and Bayou Lafourche Freshwater District personnel were on hand to address the situation.
Crews deployed a Tiger Dam air bladder system to successfully keep the rising waters at bay, Blanchard said.
“After the workers left, the water rose to about half the height of the Tiger Dam,” he added.
Blanchard said while he was appreciative of the parish’s efforts, he feels the issue of improper drainage in the area needs to be rectified.
“There is a control structure there that is supposed to regulate flow, but it doesn’t work,” he said. “However, this is the night to thank you for doing a very good job. We can talk about fixes later.”
Other issues arising during the meeting included:
FLOOD INSURANCE: Jurors held off on further discussion regarding possible implementation of a Federal Emergency Management Agency incentive program that could lower flood insurance rates for parts of the parish.
FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating Program could help ease flood insurance rates for residents in the Pierre Part and Bayou L’Ourse areas, councilmen said during their previous meeting.
Erin Watson, the parish’s economic development director, said she has researched the program further, after Juror Irving Comeaux recommended it during the jury’s Sept. 28 meeting.
Watson told jurors she plans to meet in the next two weeks with officials from Terrebonne Parish, which is already taking part in the program, to discuss its involvement.