SCP needs flood of cash to protect citizens from storm
|Photo by Shonna Riggs|
Parish President Albert Laque
Laque has asked - yet again - for help from the governor, state and U.S. senators and other officials to get the funding that is needed to protect homes and businesses from flooding caused by storms and hurricanes.
"Our levee meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers in late March had nothing to do with helping St. Charles Parish with its levee problems," a frustrated Laque told the Herald-Guide exclusively.
"I looked around the room and I saw maps of every parish the Corps was concerned about, but I didn't see one belonging to our area."
Laque attended the March 27, meeting in Hahnville, hoping to get some conclusive answers about when the levees would be built to completion and where the money would come from to fund the work.
"It's costing us $700,000 a year out of our parish budget to fix the levees and other parishes like Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard get assistance from the federal government, but we can’t," he said.
Laque said the only way to qualify for the federal money is to be included in the federal budget.
"I traveled to Washington, D.C. a week ago and spoke with Louisiana Sen. David Vitter and he said the parish would be added to the federal budget by October,” said Laque, adding: “But I can't say whether or not it will happen."
Laque said he spoke to Gov. Kathleen Blanco on March 28 requesting additional funding from any source available to her.
"Levee protection is just as important in St. Charles Parish as it is in Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard, and the governor assured me that she would work with us to get the additional three to four million dollars we need to finish the work on our levees," Laque said.
"With the nuclear power plant, chemical plants and oil refineries in this parish, we definitely need the protection.
“What would these other parishes do for power if the nuclear plant is destroyed because of flooding caused by a hurricane?
“I think we’d all be in trouble.”
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
A Luling father who has been convicted of molesting his daughter twice in the last...
The National School Board Association has announced St. Charles Parish Public...
Over the past six years, a local couple has been transplanting saplings into the...
The release of toxic, potentially hazardous gases into the atmosphere through local...
A 31-year-old Hahnville graduate has gone missing in Hammond and police are asking...
An auto theft ring operating in St. Charles Parish is targeting Chevrolet trucks...
Advanced Air is state licensed and locally owned and operated. We provide prompt, courteous service and are available 24 hours for St. Charles and surrounding parishes. Call us day or night for all your a/c and heating needs!
Burglar sniffed out by K-9 pleads guilty - 1009 views
A 24-year-old Luling man who was tracked down by a K-9 officer has pleaded guilty to two counts of simple burglary.