Waterfront property not wanted in Pecan Island

PECAN ISLAND - Alfred Broussard has waterfront property in Pecan Island that he does not want, which is what he plans to tell the Army Corps of Engineers tonight at a special meeting at Abbeville High.

The meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. and the public is encouraged to attend. The purpose of the meeting is for the Corps of Engineers to listen to the public dealing with their flood problem issues. The public will be able to break into small groups and throw out ideas on flooding.

Broussard, 71, has lived on the Front Ridge road in Pecan Island for most of his life. His house is raised around 10 feet in the air.

He has a list of concerns to speak with the Corps of Engineers about. Tops on his list is the situation that is happening this week in front of his house. Every time a south wind blows, water travels through the canals, pours through the broken levees and flows into the marshland in front of his house.

Wednesday morning, waves were making their way over parts of the Front Ridge road. Ten feet of his property on the south side of Front Ridge road had three feet of water on it. It will be only a matter of time until the oak trees that are located on the south side of the road die because of the saltwater.

“When I was young, I never saw this,” Broussard said.

Before Hurricane Rita four years ago, the levees were kept up and the land was pumped off and cattle was on the land. The hurricanes knocked down the levees and the farmer who once maintained the land, never repaired them, Broussard said.

He plans to ask the Corps of Engineers who is responsible for maintaining the levees in the marshland. Until they are repaired, water will continue to rise and destroy the marshes along the coast, he added.

To make matters worse, there are a pile of Christmas trees at an oil field dock next to his house stacked doing nothing. He said they were brought there to help stop the coastline erosion problem but are not doing any good stacked at the dock.

“They need to quit having meetings and do something,” said Broussard.

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