PPG FIXES ALLIANCE LEVEE BREACH BEFORE IRMA
Plaquemines Parish Government (“PPG”) and Fab Con have repaired the private levee breach caused by Hurricane Harvey near the Alliance Refinery. The private levee system protects the Alliance Refinery and La. Hwy. 23, a major evacuation route for Plaquemines. The Cormier Administration ascertained the property rights and secured the necessary permissions to enter onto the private property where the levee breach occurred. PPG also made the necessary notifications and prepared the documentation for this emergency repair and will be submitting said paperwork to FEMA for reimbursement. PPG expects the Texas Congressional Delegation (36 members strong) to pass special legislation for Hurricane Harvey recovery, similar to that of the Sandy Recovery Act and PPG will have our paperwork submitted with the same for reimbursement.
President Cormier opted not to use helicopter support in the repair of this breach, as occurred last year because the air support costs run about a quarter of a million dollars. Instead, he chose to rely upon barges to deliver the fill material and armor the levee with rock on the high water side.
The Cormier Administration would like to thank staff members from various branches of PPG, including Emergency Management, Heavy Equipment, PROWM, Drainage, Solid Waste, and GIS for their dedicated service over the Labor Day Weekend. President Cormier stated: “Even though our government is understaffed and under-funded, the few dedicated employees we have sacrificed their Labor Day Weekend to protect our community while three Hurricanes are out in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. I cannot express sufficient gratitude to them for their labor and dedication!”
Plaquemines Parish continues to monitor Hurricane Irma, which is forecast to turn away from Louisiana but has not done so yet. The Alliance levee repair will keep La. Hwy. 23 open longer if an evacuation becomes necessary. President Cormier requests that everyone remain vigilant in tracking Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Jose’, which is on Irma’s heels. We encourage you to visit the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness website www.getagameplan.org to further assist in your preparation this hurricane season.