Two projects totaling more than $10 million are in the works to help fight flooding in the Little Caillou area.
The first is a conveyance channel that runs from Little Caillou to the Ward 7 levee system. From there, a station will pump that water to the Lake Boudreaux basin.
"We have multiple basins that drain into the Petit Caillou area. When we have sudden tidal flows coming up from the lower ends of the parish and raising the water levels in Lower Petit Caillou, we have issues. This conveyance channel is important.
"We're working with the landowners to get rights-of-way, and everybody's been pretty willing to cooperate," said Dustin Malbrough with GIS Engineering, which his handling the work for Terrebonne Parish government.
The interim Morganza-to-the-Gulf hurricane-protection system is nearly built, and the Bayou Little Caillou barge gate is in place. Officials say both will help prevent flooding in Chauvin and surrounding areas.
The planned conveyance channel help control flooding and rebuild wetlands by keeping more fresh water in the Lake Boudreaux area while pushing out salt water, officials said. The project will cost about $5 million.
The other project is a lock that will be added to the current floodgate. The lock complex will allow the parish to close off the waterways when needed while still allowing boats to come and go even when there is a difference in the water level from one side to the other.
Construction should begin in three to four months, Malbrough said. The lock will cost about $5.4 million.
Both projects have money already set aside for their construction.
-- Staff Writer Dan Boudreaux can be reached at 857-2204 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @dan_boudreaux.