Thursday, June 18, 2015
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – Parish President Natalie Robottom and Council Members Lucien Gauff, Jaclyn Hotard, Marvin Perrilloux, and Cheryl Millet were joined by Rowdy Gaudet, Chief of Staff with the Louisiana Office of Community Development-Disaster Recovery Unit, Rick Shread with Shread Kuyrkendall & Associates, Jeremy Landry with LA Contracting Enterprise, and a host of staff and residents for the Foxwood Drainage Improvement Project groundbreaking ceremony. The ceremony was held on Wednesday morning at the entrance of Foxwood Subdivision and Parish President Natalie Robottom welcomed special guests, elected officials and residents to this long-awaited celebration. “Foxwood Subdivision has experienced flooding since it was constructed and this long awaited project will alleviate that problem; however, success will not be accomplished until the project is completed and the residents of Foxwood are protected from recurring flooding,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.
The $2 million project includes construction of a levee with a top elevation of +7.0 feet surrounding the Foxwood Subdivision from LaPlace Plantation Canal to the existing LaPlace Park Levee. It also includes an internal pumping station and elevation of the entrance to Foxwood. Councilmember-at-Large, Jaclyn Hotard, who has worked with and supported Administration from the beginning of the project said, “I’m glad this project has come to fruition to protect our residents.” District 4 Councilman Marvin Perrilloux said, “It was a team effort for a worthy cause and I have bird-dogged it since being elected.”
Funded through a Gustav/Ike Community Development Block Grant and a portion of funds through the 2009 Bond Issue, this project will alleviate flooding and make the Foxwood neighborhood safer during severe rain events. “This project will help protect the residents of the Foxwood Subdivision against future flooding, which increases the resiliency of the community and the entire parish,” said Rowdy Gaudet, Chief of Staff for the Louisiana Office of Community Development’s Disaster Recovery Unit. “In partnership with parish officials, the state invested disaster recovery funds into this project to help St. John the Baptist Parish recover from hurricanes Gustav and Ike safer, stronger and smarter.”
Construction of the project began on Monday, June 8, 2015 and is expected to be complete by December 2015, weather permitting. Thus far, vegetation is being removed to prepare for construction work. Crews will work from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday including some weekends. As work progresses, a temporary roadway will be constructed to allow residents access to their homes inside the subdivision. LA Contracting Enterprise,LLC was awarded a contract for the project in the amount of $1.7 million and will have a project manager on site throughout the project.