Franklin Canal flood structure operational
A fully operational flood control structure is now ready on the Franklin Canal.
Though the flood protection project is not entirely completed, St. Mary Parish Levee District Executive Director Tim Matte said completion should be in November.
“As of the middle of last month you do have flood protection from the Franklin Canal when storm surge or high river events try to move up that canal, we do have the ability to close off that gate,” Matte said. “We no longer have the contingency plans to go drive sheet pile.”
Matte said while the pumping station that would remove water due to rainfall from the protected side of the canal is not completed, the levee district has a plan in place to use portable pumps if necessary.
The project cost of $4.6 million included a Community Development Block Grant and state capital outlay funds the city had in hand. Matte said that the levee district has also provided additional design funds, bringing electrical power out to the location and has engaged an engineer to design a natural gas service line.
Cost of the pump station exceeds available funding, but Matte said the district is seeking additional funds from all partners in the project and other sources.
Initially the station will include two pumps, with plans to add two more at a later date.
Matte said an intergovernmental agreement will be drafted to transfer operation of the structure to the city.
Removal of the existing sheet pile will be performed after the full project is complete.
Also Tuesday, the council:
—Passed a resolution authorizing an agreement with the state for development of an archives within city hall.
—Approved a resolution granting a flood control variance to Charenton Canal LLC at 320 Bora lane based on “better available data.”
—Approved reappointment of Calvin Deshotel to the West St. Mary Port Commission.
—Approved an allocation of $3,500 to Chez Hope.
—Added Shepherd Lane to the list of streets to be resurfaced.
—Heard from Councilman Chuck Autin that a meeting was held with high level officials from Progressive Waste Solutions and expects waste pickup to improve. Residents with problems can call Melissa Sinitere at city hall, 337-828-6304.