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Flood Related News / Bayou Chene Project - Tuesday, May 28, 2019

DATE:             TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2019
TO:                  ALL MEDIA OUTLETS



NAPOLEONVILLE – On Monday, Governor John Bel Edwards’ Office announced that the Morganza Spillway structure would be opened and that the barge project at Bayou Chene would be constructed.


Local and state officials had been notified that the floodway would be opened, but there was no commitment from the state that the barge project would move forward.


Local and state officials pressed for the Bayou Chene Project, regardless if the Morganza floodgate was opened or not.  Officials feared that with the already high-water levels and possible rainfall, the damages would be far greater without the barge.


Sheriff Falcon released the following brief statement concerning the flood related matters:

"I want to extend my sincere appreciation to our local (parish), state and senate delegation representing Assumption Parish, the Office of Homeland Security, Governor John Bel Edwards and Congressman Garret Graves for their continued persistence regarding the Bayou Chene Project.  Additionally, the State D.O.T.D. took steps to keep our roadways safe during this flooding threat.  This was truly a combined effort between all branches of government to position us in the best posture possible while battling the current flooding,” Falcon said.



For additional information concerning this News Release, contact Sheriff Leland Falcon or Public Information Officer, Lonny Cavalier at 985-369-7281.


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