Bossier Levee District plans to raise levee on Red Chute Bayou - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Bossier Levee District plans to raise levee on Red Chute Bayou

A newly released study is giving the Bossier Levee Board the green light to raise the Guideline Levee on the Red Chute Bayou.

The last big flooding event in the parish happened in mid October and early November of 2009, when hundreds of people worked for days, stuffing and piling sandbags to keep the Guideline Levee from breaching.
In the end, the levee held, but it was stressful for neighbors who worried about whether the flood waters would reach their homes. Bossier Levee District Operations Coordinator Marcus Long says it was also a very costly fight, "It took a lot of manual labor, it was a 2 million dollar expense to fight that flood," said Long.

That flood motivated Bossier City and Parish leaders to split the cost for a $72,000.00 study by National Firm Dewberry, to see if raising the levee would have any unwanted effects for people who live nearby. "It [the study] has revealed there would be no adverse impact to the east side of the bayou," said Long. 

The estimated cost to raise the levee by 3-4 feet along the 7 mile stretch of Red Chute Bayou would be around 5-6 million dollars. 

Both leaders with the parish and the levee district board agree, because managing the flood of 2009 was so costly, the money to raise the levee would be well worth it. "We're trying to do the best we can to improve the levee, to reduce the risk of flooding in that area," said Long and added that the next step is to find ways to pay for the project.
So far the Levee District has applied for funding through the state flood control program and state capital outlay funds.

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