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Mar 12, 2013 8:37 AM by AP

St. Charles west bank levee gets final approval

HAHNVILLE, La. (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers has approved the third and final phase of the St. Charles west bank hurricane levee, which means all three phases of the levee project have corps approval to move toward construction.

At the St. Charles Parish Council meeting on Monday night, Parish President V.J. St. Pierre said the Corps of Engineers approved a permit green-lighting the design and construction of Phase III Ellington, the last permit necessary to authorize the project. The other two phases had already been approved.

The proposed levee will be about 10 miles long. The Ellington phase will connect a previously completed section of the levee between the Paradis Canal and Boutte.

The west bank hurricane protection levee will cost roughly $150 million.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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