Just in time for the height of hurricane season, Terrebonne Parish has a potent, new weapon: the “Bubba Dove” floodgate, a massive barrier that will swing into place to stop storm surge from pushing up a major canal and swamping Houma and other communities.

The new anchor of the Morganza-to-the-Gulf levee protection system drew 200 people to the small town of Dulac in southern Terrebonne Parish on Wednesday to celebrate the completion of the Houma Navigation Canal “Bubba Dove” Floodgate.

The flood gate is 42 feet high, 273 feet wide and 60 feet deep.

When sunk into place, the floodgate will sit 18 feet above sea level and help stop storm surge that is known to flow north up the Houma Navigation Canal to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Houma.

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Bubba Dove Floodgate opens in Terrebonne