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This barge was sunk in Bayou Chene during the 2016 high-water event, the third of four times the technique was used to prevent back-flooding in St. Mary, Lower St. Martin and surrounding parishes. Construction officially began Monday on an $80 million permanent structure that will eliminate the need for sinking barges in the bayou.
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Construction is now underway on components of a permanent floodgate on Bayou Chene below Morgan City that will provide flood protection for portions of six parishes," the Governor's Office said Monday.
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and St. Mary Parish Levee District are overseeing construction of the automated barge floodgate. CPRA is directing $80 million from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act to fund the project.

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Louisiana rental assistance program paused due to overwhelming demand

BATON ROUGE – A Louisiana program to pay rent for people facing economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and response has been put on hold because of overwhelming demand, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office says.
State officials say they are still taking applications for the program in anticipation of receiving additional funding from the federal government. They say more than 40,000 people have applied.

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Rep. Jerome Zeringue, R-Houma, helped create the state budget as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Garner/LSU Manship School News Service

State budget approved

By Kathleen Peppo
LSU Manship School News Service



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