Posted: Jul 19, 2013 5:25 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Jul 20, 2013 11:21 AM
As we head into the peak of hurricane season and the start of a new school year.
Contractors are working to complete a levee project in Vermilion Parish. The levee is to protect two schools, no strangers to flooding.
Forked Island E Broussard Elementary is used to cleaning up after storms. The campus flooded after Hurricanes Rita and Ike.
"The second time it came in, we had to figure out how to protect our school," said Vermilion Parish Superintendent Jerome Puyau. He says building a levee was the best and cheapest option for the district.
"We wanted to make sure we could protect the facility so even in an emergency, students could go back as quickly as possible," said Puyau.
Not only did the district install levees to protect the school, but they also installed water pumps to move water out quickly during a storm.
"If the water would rise on the outside due to storm surge, they gravity system gets closed up completely because the flap gates and the slews gates would be closed. In that case, the water couldn't get out and would rise inside the levee. Therefore, it's necessary to have a pump system to pump that water out," said Project Manager Elray Schexnaider.
The levee is expected to be complete in the next six weeks. FEMA is footing the nearly two million dollar bill.
Phase two of the levee project is expected to start in the next few years at Erath High and Erath Middle School.