Waiting patiently for a decision

July 30, 2008 at 12:20 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

There are three different ways that the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers can build a levee as part of the West Bank Hurricane Vicinity Project to protect residents from dangerous storms.

But one of those ways would impact residents and businesses in the area.

The Corps considers many things before making a decision to go with any levee scenario. Right now, with the choices at hand, some lives and businesses along Highway 90 will feel the impact from one of those choices.

But human lives aren't the only thing the Corps has to consider. One of the alignments will impact the environment - marsh land that most people believe is the first line of defense when it comes to protecting residents during dangerous storms

But what's more important?  How does the Corps decide?
The public does have a voice in all of this. 
Before the Corps makes a decision, they always give an opportunity for the public to comment for or against any proposed project.

After the 30-day comment period (and a public meeting if requested) the district commander will look over all comments received during the review period.
Finally, after a review of all comments, the district commander will make a decision on the final proposal.

Ultimately, the purpose of the West Bank Hurricane Vicinity Protection project is to provide a 100-year level of flood protection for Jefferson and St. Charles Parishes.

The goal of the project is to reduce the flood risk and storm damage from hurricanes.

In this case, hopefully the West Bank will have a levee that will please everyone without impacting homes or businesses in the area.

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