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Corps, State to host meetings to discuss Southwest Coastal La. Project

Posted at 10:37 AM, Jun 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-17 11:37:41-04

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana are hosting a series of public meetings to discuss the Southwest Coastal Louisiana Project.

Meetings will begin with a 30-minute open house, followed by a 30-minute formal presentation, and ending with an open question and answer session.

Monday, June 17 at 6 p.m.
Lake Charles (Calcasieu Parish)
Lake Charles Civic Center (900 Lakeshore Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70601)

Tuesday, June 18 at 6 p.m.
Sulphur (Calcasieu Parish)
West Cal Arena and Event Center (401 Arena Road Sulphur, LA 70665)

Tuesday, June 25 at 6 p.m.
Cameron (Cameron Parish)
Cameron Policy Jury Office West Annex (148 Smith Circle Cameron, LA 70631)

Wednesday, June 26 at 6 p.m.
Abbeville (Vermilion Parish)
Abbeville High School (1305 Wildcat Dr, Abbeville, LA 70510)

Thursday, June 27 at 6 p.m.
Gueydan (Vermilion Parish)
Gueydan High School (901 Main St, Gueydan, LA 70542)

The Southwest Coastal Louisiana project was authorized by Congress in 2016 to provide non-structural hurricane and storm damage risk reduction measures in the 4,700-square-mile study area located in southwest Louisiana (Calcasieu, Cameron, and Vermilion Parishes). The National Economic Development plan for the project outlines $900 million for flood risk management by implementing non-structural strategies to include: structural elevation, dry flood proofing, and localized risk reduction features such as berms. Participation in the Project by structure owners is 100 percent voluntary.

The design agreement signed in January 2019 initiates a $1.2 million effort to develop and finalize the implementation plan for the non-structural risk management elements of the project. Funding for the design work is provided through a 65-percent federal, 35-percent state cost share.