THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - The South Lafourche Levee District plans to finish raising the levees protecting Larose to Golden Meadow in the coming year.
The district began raising the system's levees to 16 feet in the more vulnerable southern sections and 13 feet along its northern reaches following Hurricane Katrina.
After some 4 million cubic yards of earth was moved, the district is nearing completion of that goal with this year's $36 million operating budget.
Windell Curole, South Lafourche Levee District general manager, tells The Courier (http://bit.ly/1sEaWmV ) the levee system is 5 to 6 feet higher in some places since Katrina.
In the coming months, work should be complete on a major project to move 1.6 million cubic yards of dirt over 10 miles of levee in the Golden Meadow area.
Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com