Corps and State to host public meetings to discuss Southwest Coastal Louisiana Project

Published June 17, 2019

Corps and State to host public meetings to discuss Southwest Coastal Louisiana Project

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana are hosting a series of public meetings to discuss the Southwest Coastal Louisiana Project.  Meetings will begin with a 30-minute open house, followed by a 30-minute formal presentation, and ending with an open question and answer session.

WHEN: Monday, June 17 – Lake Charles (Calcasieu Parish)

6 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center (900 Lakeshore Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70601)

WHEN: Tuesday, June 18 – Sulphur (Calcasieu Parish)

6 p.m., West Cal Arena and Event Center (401 Arena Road Sulphur, LA 70665)

WHEN: Tuesday, June 25 – Cameron (Cameron Parish)

6 p.m., Cameron Policy Jury Office West Annex (148 Smith Circle Cameron, LA 70631)

WHEN: Wednesday, June 26 – Abbeville (Vermilion Parish)

6 p.m., Abbeville High School (1305 Wildcat Dr, Abbeville, LA 70510)

WHEN: Thursday, June 27 – Gueydan (Vermilion Parish)

6 p.m., Gueydan High School (901 Main St, Gueydan, LA 70542)

The Southwest Coastal Louisiana project was authorized by Congress in 2016 to provide non-structural hurricane and storm damage risk reduction measures in the 4,700-square-mile study area located in southwest Louisiana (Calcasieu, Cameron, and Vermilion Parishes). The National Economic Development plan for the project outlines approximately $900 million for flood risk management by implementing non-structural strategies to include: structural elevation, dry flood proofing, and localized risk reduction features such as berms.  Participation in the Project by structure owners is 100 percent voluntary.

The design agreement signed in January 2019 initiates an approximately $1.2 million effort to develop and finalize the implementation plan for the non-structural risk management elements of the project. Funding for the design work is provided through a 65-percent federal, 35-percent state cost share.



Matt Roe
Chuck Perrodin

Release no. 19-024