Workers train for hurricane season in St. Bernard Parish

Published: Jun. 7, 2012 at 5:56 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2012 at 2:00 PM CDT
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St. Bernard Parish workers Hesco basket training-WVUE FOX 8
St. Bernard Parish workers Hesco basket training-WVUE FOX 8

Chalmette, La. - St. Bernard Parish gets ready for hurricane season with a training session for workers on how to use Hesco baskets.

The baskets can take the place of sandbags to shore up defenses and stop flooding.

St. Bernard Parish has used the baskets in the past to provide additional storm protection in lower parts of the parish.

The company that provides them says the baskets are actually cheaper and easier to use than sandbags.

Dennis Barkemeyer of Hesco Bastion Environmental, Inc. says the baskets cost between $32 and $34 dollars a linear foot.

And while that may not seem cheap, the savings comes when it is time to put them to work.

"It's the time, it's the labor. What we can build in 20 minutes takes about 77 manhours to build with sand bags," notes Barkemeyer

Hesco baskets were used extensively during the Mississippi River high water threat last year and during Hurricane Gustav to prevent flooding along the Industrial Canal.