More Levees on the Way in La.

Wed January 02, 2013 - National Edition

HOUMA, La. (AP) The Terrebonne Levee District plans to start building two new levee sections after approving bids for the work.

That includes levees that will tie into the massive floodgate on the Houma Navigation Canal, which is under construction, the Houma Courier reported.

A 3-mi., 10-ft.-tall section of levee will connect to the east side of the Houma Navigation Canal floodgate, said Terrebonne Levee District Manager Angela Rains. Minnesota-based Ceres Environmental won a $15.7 million bid for the project.

The second levee will stretch from the floodgate west to the Mayfield levee in Dularge. Fillway Construction in Thibodaux won a $3.6 million bid.

The Terrebonne Levee District began building levees after Hurricane Ike flooded the parish in 2008. A $52 million floodgate is being built to block the Houma Navigation Canal.