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Jul 12, 2013 10:28 AM by AP

Morganza hurricane protection system clears hurdle

HOUMA, La. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has signed off on a final report updating Terrebonne's planned $13 billion federal levee system.

The finalization of the Chief's Report wraps up a six-year detour for the federal Morganza-to-the-Gulf levee system, which was approved by Congress in 2007. The project has been under study by the corps for more than 20 years.

Morganza is a system of levees, floodgates and a lock on the Houma Navigation Canal that protects Terrebonne and parts of Lafourche from storm flooding.

Terrebonne Levee Director Reggie Dupre tells The Courier obtaining the Chief's Report on Thursday was a major hurdle for the project, but there are still more actions that must be taken before the project can go to construction.

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