St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

St. John to Ring in New Year with Canal Cleaning Project

St. John to Ring in New Year with Canal Cleaning Project


















Tuesday, December 17, 2013

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – St. John the Baptist Parish recently entered into a contract with Three Deuces, Inc. of Pearl River, LA in the amount of $700,000 to perform canal repair, clearing, and drainage work for twenty individual drainage canals. As required by the Department of Natural Resources Coastal Management Division, the Parish has obtained all appropriate permits for each canal included in the project.

Due to obstructions in the drainage systems inhibiting the flow of storm water, St. John was awarded a $1,332,604 Gustav/Ike Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to improve water runoff within the target areas. The fully funded project is scheduled to begin January 2, 2014 and is expected to be complete by June of 2014.

The following canals are scheduled for cleaning:

1. River Forest Canal
2. Montz Canal
3. Landmark Canal
4. Lassiegne Canal
5. Haydel Canal
6. Milesville Canal
7. Guillot Canal
8. Belle Point Canal
9. Dufrenese Canal
10. Trosclair Canal
11. Hotard Canal
12. Northwest 3rd Canal
13. Reserve East West Cross Cut Canal
14. Mississippi Bayou Canal
15. Dutch Bayou Canal
16. Terre Haute Canal
17. Marathon Canal
18. East Frisco Canal
19. DuPont Canal
20. Sugar Mill Canal

In addition to the in-house maintenance schedule for canal cleaning, St. John has partnered with various state entities, such as the Lafourche Basin Levee District and the U.S. Coast Guard to clean other canals throughout the parish. The weed control program implemented in the Summer of 2013 will continue to address forty-six canals simultaneously with the canal cleaning project. "These projects combined with the systematic assessment and cleaning of storm drains in target areas will go a long way toward improving parishwide drainage. Additional drainage projects under discussion for 2014 should address many of the remaining drainage issues exposed during Hurricane Isaac", said Parish President Natalie Robottom.