Aug 15, 2011 10:15 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
GONZALES, La. (AP) - More than 30 years after Amite River floods swamped eastern Ascension Parish, the parish is now embarking on the second major leg of flood-control projects financed solely with local funds.
The Advocate reports the idea is to build a series of levees, floodgates and pump stations running along the parish's eastern edge to protect against flooding from the Amite River and against storm surge from Lake Maurepas.
The first major element of the plan was installed in April 1991 - the massive pump station in the McElroy Swamp near Sorrento.
Two decades later, the $38 million second phase involves adding a long-awaited levee, floodgate and pump station at Henderson Bayou near Galvez and expanding the capacity of the Marvin J. Braud Pumping Station in the McElroy Swamp.