Monday, August 8, 2016
St. John the Baptist Parish - Parish President Natalie Robottom and Council Members Marvin Perrilloux, Lennix Madere, Larry Snyder and Larry Sorapuru were joined by Pat Forbes, Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development, 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 ribbon cutting ceremony.
The ceremony was held on Friday morning at the entrance of Foxwood Subdivision and Parish President Natalie Robottom welcomed special guests, elected officials and residents to commemorate the completion of the long-awaited project. “The success of this project can be attributed to a collaborative effort between federal, state, and local officials, as well as residents, staff and contractors,” said Robottom. “With persistence and teamwork, this much needed and long-awaited project is finally completed, protecting the residents of this neighborhood from storm water and backwater flooding.”
Approximately $2 million in drainage improvements including a levee surrounding the Foxwood Subdivision from LaPlace Plantation Canal to the existing LaPlace Park levee were constructed by LA Contracting Enterprise LLC. Designed by Shread Kuyrkendall & Associates, the project also includes an internal pumping station and elevation of the entrance to Foxwood. Prior to beginning construction, this project was delayed by property acquisition, permitting and mI tigation requirements. District 4 Councilman Marvin Perrilloux an avid supporter of the project said, “We overcame many issues that arose and executed a successful project that protects Foxwood residents. However, our work is not finished and we will continue with the drainage improvements on to LaPlace Park,” said Councilman Perrilloux. Councilmember-At-Large Division B Jaclyn Hotard added, “After years of chronic tidal flooding, I made it a priority to fund this project and work to see it through. I thank administration for their tireless efforts and the residents for their patience as things don’t always move as quickly on major capital projects. I am very pleased to see the Foxwood Levee Project come to completion and look forward to the results of this great investment.”
Funded through a Gustav/Ike Community Development Block Grant and funds from the 2009 Bond Issue, the project is should combat historical flooding in the neighborhood, making the overall subdivision safer during severe rain events. “The state looks forward to the completion of more projects in this Parish and we are committed to continuing to work alongside President Robottom and her staff to make St. John safer utlizing disaster recovery funds,” said Pat Forbes, Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development.