East and west banks of the Mississippi River will be getting a tremendous amount of improvements in St. Charles Parish in the months ahead, according to the St. Charles Parish goverment.
They will cost millions of dollars in funding to complete upcoming drainage, flooding, mitigation, wastewater and recreation projects on both sides of the river.
And most of them should provide a tremendous amount of betterment in the way the parish operates its services to the people.
Two FEMA projects will provide $1.5 million to improve drainage and flooding mitigation.
One will help the parish provide greater capacity of the Sunset Pump Station in Bayou Gauche by 120 cubic feet of water per second with two additional pumps and another will elevate homes in Destrehan and St. Rose that have received repeated flood losses in the past.
New generators will be installed in existing drainage pump stations and one new one on the west bank. They will insure the continued operation of the electric pumps even if power is interrupted.
And there are other improvements scheduled in our water system in St. Charles Parish that will certainly lead to a finer future in our way of life that depends a lot on the beneficial use of water.
Also, walkers, joggers and bikers should rejoice in learning the Mississippi River levee paths are slated for much completion on both sides of the river with extensions from Elm Street in Hahnville to La. 3142 in Taft and the continuance of Phase V to the St. Charles – St. John parish line in Killona.
On the east bank, the remaining phase through Montz to the St. John Parish line is expected to be advertised for bids in latter 2015.
We call it the world’s greatest river and being tucked here in its delta puts us in an enviable spot to take advantage of its benefits. And we have seen the actuality of that in the way our area has developed in its economic and enjoyment benefits.
So, in addition to many water problems being removed, the improvements to be made in the future should in many ways improve the ways of life in our water wonderland.