Aug 21, 2014 3:53 PM by KATC

Vermilion Parish secures FEMA funding to build levee around jail

The Vermilion Parish Jail will be surrounded by a 5-7-foot wall when construction of a levee is complete sometime next year.

Vermilion Parish Jail Warden Col. Kirk Frith said parish officials, along with Sellers and Associates, worked to secure FEMA funding to build a levee to protect it from future floods.

The jail was almost flooded in 2006 when Hurricane Rita hit Vermilion Parish.

Frith said during the design phase, one of the concerns was that jail officials would immediately lose sight of inmates should they decide to run over the levee. That issue has been addressed by including plans to have a fence atop the levee.

Construction for the $2 million levee will likely begin in late fall, Frith said, and take a few months to complete.


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