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Atchafalaya Basin business owners fed up over condition of levees

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David Allemond, owner of McGee's Landing, said the poor condition of the levees is negatively affecting his business. David Allemond, owner of McGee's Landing, said the poor condition of the levees is negatively affecting his business.

Some business owners on the Atchafalaya Basin are fed up with what they are calling poorly maintained levees.

"It doesn't reflect well on our area," David Allemond, owner of McGee's Landing, said.

McGee's Landing is one of several businesses located along Henderson Levee Road, Allemond said, several of which are affected. Allemond said the basin typically sees more than 600,000 tourists each year. 

Allemond said the access road to his shop was paved, but it was torn up to re-work the levee a few years ago.  He said he was told that it would be put back like it was, but that has never happened. 

He has even go as far as to try to fix it himself, but he said the levee is too steep and all of the materials roll off with the first rain. 

The levee is affecting business, according to Allemond.  Tour buses bring groups of people to McGee's Landing and he said he has lost contracts because of how difficult it is to get to. 

Tour buses who went to Allemond's business Monday morning had to park on the street and tourists had to walk through the mud over the levee to get to their boat tours. 

Allemond has reached out to the Levee Board and other associated groups, but said he has gotten the run around. 

"Tourism is the number one industry in the state and one of the number one industries in the nation," Allemond said. "We provide a lot of tax dollars. We just want some of it back. We want it to be put into a position where it helps our businesses. We collect it on a regular business for them and we also pay it every month, so I am just looking for some help."

He said this is the last straw before he takes additional measures. 

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