Canal deaths spark guard rail discussion - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social

Canal deaths spark guard rail discussion

Crash that killed mother and daughter April 14. (FOX 8 photo) Crash that killed mother and daughter April 14. (FOX 8 photo)
METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) -

Jefferson Parish officials are looking for ways to secure open canals along roadways in the parish just a day after a mother and her daughter were killed when their car careened into a canal.

Elizabeth Braddock, 32, and her daughter Carissa Wise, 6, died after her SUV went into the canal near the intersection of Clearview Parkway and Veterans Boulevard in Metairie.

Less than a week before this accident, first responders pulled the body of David Yeoman from a canal near West Esplanade Avenue after his vehicle went into the water.

"All options are on the table," Jefferson Parish President John Young said. "We want to make sure we secure our canals as best we can. We already have a project underway where we're covering canals where we can in stretches, but certainly we're going to look at all options, including guard rails to make sure we protect the safety and welfare of our citizens."

One store owner who witnessed the aftermath of the crash on Tuesday thinks guard rails could be the answer.

"After seeing yesterday, first hand, what happened, it just kind of puts it into perspective that it would be something that would definitely be helpful," said Joey Attardo, the owner of Christmas Village on Veterans.

But with more than 360 miles of canals to protect, the price tag for a project of that scale could be in the millions.

"The issue is always funding, but certainly we're going to look at every option. If I had my druthers, I'd love to be able to cover all the canals as long as we don't compromise drainage capacity, because look how beautiful Veterans would be if it was covered," Young said.

Some residents don't think the parish should put a price on the cost of losing a life.

"Because it could be you," Doris Jacomine said. "Put yourself in that predicament. If that could happen to you, wouldn't everyone want to feel safe and put money out to protect others, to protect lives?"

Young said he would work with the council, the state and the federal government to try and secure funding to make the canals safer, and said the parish would likely focus initial efforts on high traffic areas.

Copyright 2015 WVUE. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • After Further Review: Sloppy wins still count for Saints

    After Further Review: Sloppy wins still count for Saints

    The Saints lead the NFC South via tiebreaker with a 10-4 record. Source: Nola.comThe Saints lead the NFC South via tiebreaker with a 10-4 record. Source: Nola.com

    I usually leave a Saints game with an overall theme or feeling about what I just observed on the field. It typically jumps out at me right away and this column is written. But after Sunday I was left with kind of a blah emotion. Their effort against the Jets was kind of weird. It certainly wasn’t an overly impressive victory to celebrate, but nonetheless, a win in the NFL by double digits is nothing they have to apologize for. Dodging a bullet may be the more accurate descript...

    more>>

    I usually leave a Saints game with an overall theme or feeling about what I just observed on the field. It typically jumps out at me right away and this column is written. But after Sunday I was left with kind of a blah emotion. Their effort against the Jets was kind of weird. It certainly wasn’t an overly impressive victory to celebrate, but nonetheless, a win in the NFL by double digits is nothing they have to apologize for. Dodging a bullet may be the more accurate descript...

    more>>
  • Fatal fires spike in Jefferson Parish

    Fatal fires spike in Jefferson Parish

    (Source: FOX 8)(Source: FOX 8)

    Since the end of October, seven people have lost their lives in fatal fires in Jefferson Parish. The most recent one happened Sunday morning, at around 3:20 AM, on the 4300 block of Anthony Street in Metairie.  Jefferson Parish fire officials say firefighters arrived on scene within five minutes, to find the fire fully involved. "A lot of fire, a lot of destruction when they got there," said Jefferson Parish Fire Chief Dave Tibbetts. "A primary search was made. A...

    more>>

    Since the end of October, seven people have lost their lives in fatal fires in Jefferson Parish. The most recent one happened Sunday morning, at around 3:20 AM, on the 4300 block of Anthony Street in Metairie.  Jefferson Parish fire officials say firefighters arrived on scene within five minutes, to find the fire fully involved. "A lot of fire, a lot of destruction when they got there," said Jefferson Parish Fire Chief Dave Tibbetts. "A primary search was made. A...

    more>>
  • Juan's World: Saints ground Jets, look to Falcons rematch

    Juan's World: Saints ground Jets, look to Falcons rematch

    The Saints meet up with the Falcons on Christmas Eve. Source: Mark LaGrangeThe Saints meet up with the Falcons on Christmas Eve. Source: Mark LaGrange

    Welcome in to Juan's World and as you know, this blog that I do is strictly an opinion piece with a few facts sprinkled in here and there. So, with that in mind, I'm under the opinion that the Saints should've been 'expected' to look past the Jets to next weeks rematch with the Falcons. How could they not look ahead to Atlanta coming to the dome next Sunday. And before you go all 'One Game at a Time' on me, think for a second. You're supposed to beat the Jets, who came in 5-8 and wi...

    more>>

    Welcome in to Juan's World and as you know, this blog that I do is strictly an opinion piece with a few facts sprinkled in here and there. So, with that in mind, I'm under the opinion that the Saints should've been 'expected' to look past the Jets to next weeks rematch with the Falcons. How could they not look ahead to Atlanta coming to the dome next Sunday. And before you go all 'One Game at a Time' on me, think for a second. You're supposed to beat the Jets, who came in 5-8 and wi...

    more>>
Powered by Frankly