Experts to talk on how to stop flooding

Vermilion Parish residents have a chance to listen to experts talk about how storm surges are destroying the coast of Louisiana and the parish.

Beginning at 6 p.m. in the Abbeville High School Auditorium, a Coastal Restoration and Protection Town Hall meeting with city, parish, state and national officials will take place.

Paul Bourgeois, the president of the parish’s chamber of commerce, will be the master of ceremonies.

Gerald Butaud, the president of the Police Jury, will speak onfuture plans of the parish, and then Gen. Bob LeBlanc, who worked for OEP for 50 years, will speak on the history of hurricanes to hit the parish.

Warren Perrin, president of CODOFIL, will talk about the impact of the surges on the Cajun culture.

Mark Shirley and Andrew Granger of the LSU Ag Center will educate political officials on the negative impact the flooding has caused farmers.

Rebecca Broussard of OEP will speak on how many homes in the parish were flooded and how many left the parish due to the flood.

Sherill Segrara will explain how there is a plan on paper to build barriers that would slow down future storm surges and School Board Superintendent Randy Schexnayder will speak about how the floods impacted the school system.

Tim Creswell, who works for OEP, will update everyone on the Acadiana Gulf of Mexico Channel . The project will deepen the Intracoastal Canal and the spoil will be placed along the banks, creating a 8-10 foot high dirt levee.

He will also explain how LaFourche Parish has a levee system and how it protects its residents from flooding.

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