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Authority News

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West
and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Kick Off Feral Hog Program
New initiative is to address the growing population of feral hogs damaging West Bank levees

MARRERO, La. - The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West (SLFPA-W) and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO) today kicked off a joint program to reduce the number of feral hogs on the West Bank. SLFPA-W President Susan Maclay and Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand appeared together to explain the agreement between the agencies and to discuss the techniques JPSO will use to address the hog problem.

Feral hogs have caused extensive damage to the grass coverings on levees throughout the Authority’s jurisdiction on the West Bank, eating grass roots or digging up sections of the levee to feed on grub worms and other insect larvae. Grass is essential to levee integrity to protect from overtopping events. Additionally, levees without adequate grass are susceptible to erosion and scour. On average, one instance of hog damage costs the Authority approximately $4,000 in replacement materials.

Maclay stressed that controlling the feral hog population is directly related to the hurricane protection mission of the Authority. “SLFPA-West is committed to enhancing flood protection on the West Bank whenever and wherever possible. This cooperative program with Sheriff Normand’s office allows us to address the ongoing challenge that these feral hogs present to our levee maintenance efforts.”

Normand said his office has had similar experiences over the past two decades. “First nutria and then coyotes and now feral hogs. This is the type of situation we have seen over the years, and our deputies can make a difference in reducing the extent of this problem. Once you look at the pace of feral hog reproduction, you can see this is a serious problem.”

Maclay said the Authority has reviewed options for more than six months, and the agreement with the sheriff’s office is the best alternative. “Through this program, we hope the sheriff’s office will thin the number of feral hogs. We understand it’s virtually impossible to eradicate the problem completely. However, keeping their numbers down will have to be an ongoing part of levee maintenance going forward. In addition to this program, we’ll also be looking at other methods of abatement.”

Feral hogs can reproduce quickly. Sows are fertile at six months and can produce two litters per year. One litter can yield nearly 2,000 pigs in slightly more than two years. Without any natural predators in the region, these nocturnal feeders can roam freely and even be elusive to trapping efforts.

The budget for the trial program is $25,000, which should last a year based on field units of four deputies twice per week. In addition to the joint venture, Maclay said the Authority is investigating longer-term solutions, including the installation of electric fences.

 

PHOTOS OF TYPICAL FERAL HOG DAMAGE TO WEST BANK LEVEES


PHOTOS OF TYPICAL FERAL HOG DAMAGE TO WEST BANK LEVEES PHOTOS OF TYPICAL FERAL HOG DAMAGE TO WEST BANK LEVEES

 

 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West (SLFPA-W)
and Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand Will Discuss Feral Hog Agreement

WHAT:
Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority–West (SLFPA-W) and Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand will conduct a briefing on an agreement aimed at eradicating feral hogs that are damaging critically important West Bank levees. The briefing will include an explanation of the terms of the agreement, how it will be operated, its duration and other facets of the program.

WHEN:
10 a.m. on Thursday, October 9, 2014.

WHERE: 5566 Barataria Blvd. in Marrero at the V Levee. Following is a link to the media event:
Map to the Event

WHO:
• Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority–West: Susan Maclay, President of the Board of Commissioners

• Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand

VISUAL/INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES
• Interview with SLFPA-W President Susan Maclay
• Interview with Sheriff Newell Normand
• Equipment display with explanation by JPSO deputies


Friday, May 30, 2014

Regional Director, John Monzon participates in a hurricane preparedness news conference at the Port of New Orleans.

Regional Director John Monzon, participated in WWL-TV’s Eyewitness Morning News to discuss levee protection within the Authority’s jurisdiction.

The 2014 SLFPA-W Board of Commissioners, pictured here after the swearing in of its newest member, Kerwin Julien (third from left). Members are, from left Paul Dauphin, Michael Merritt, Julien, President Susan Maclay, Kendall Gaddy, Ed Camnetar and Jim Wilkinson. This photo was taken at the May 29, 2014 meeting of the Board of Commissioners at the Authority's Marrero headquarters.

 

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Friday, May 23, 2014

On April 28, 2014, The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to increase West Jefferson and Algiers Levee District’s Permit Fee Schedule.  The increased permit fees are to cover each district’s costs incurred to issue and maintain the documents. The increased fees are effective June 1, 2014 and are as follows:

  Standard Expedited
Permit Type:    
     
Commercial/Operating $200.00 $300.00
     
Construction: $100.00 $200.00
Residential $200.00 $300.00
     
Special Event $100-$1500 $250 - $2250

 

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

SLFPA-W, President Susan Maclay, participated in WWL-TV's hurricane special discussing continuing improvements within the Authority's jurisdiction.

 

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West
Employees Honored for Years of Service Protecting the West Bank Community

Jefferson Parish President John Young, Council Chairman Chris Roberts, Representative Robert Billiot and Westwego Mayor John Shaddinger Participate in the Second Annual Event

Commissioners, elected officials and employees of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West (SLFPA-W) gathered at the command center in Marrero today to recognize efforts to protect the lives and property on the West Bank of Orleans and Jefferson parishes. Joining the Commissioners were Jefferson Parish President John Young, Council Chairman Chris Roberts, State Representative Robert Billiot and Westwego Mayor John Shaddinger. Newly selected Regional Director John Monzon, currently Chief of the Operations Division of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, was also present.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of the inaugural Gerald “Jerry” A. Spohrer Memorial Award of Excellence to Rosemary Spohrer, his widow, in his memory. The award was created and named after Mr. Spohrer for his leadership, commitment, and outstanding work building defenses to protect the citizens from disaster. Prior to the levee district consolidation after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Mr. Spohrer was the Executive Director of the West Jefferson Levee District for more than 17 years. He was a longtime SLFPA-W employee, who led the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West following levee district consolidations and later, served as Special Assistant to the President, a role in which he provided leadership and guidance on major planning and construction projects for the Authority. Spohrer played an integral role in the multi-billion dollar West Bank and Vicinity Hurricane Protection Project.

The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com covered the event, highlighting Mr. Spohrer’s commitment to SLFPA-W and the citizens of the West Bank.

SLFPA-W president Susan Maclay presided over the ceremony, expressing her appreciation to the SLFPA-W staff for its exemplary service and safety record. “We truly appreciate your commitment to keeping the residents of the West Bank protected,” she said. “It is because of the work that each employee contributes every day that we’ve been able to greatly increase the safety for all of the citizens of the West Bank.”

Parish President Young, Chairman Roberts, Representative Buillot and Mayor Shaddinger all praised the work of the Authority and its workforce in protecting the West Bank. “The dedication to your work does not go unnoticed,” Mayor Shaddinger said. “You continue to make the West Bank a safer place to live and work. I am proud to work with the Southeast Louisiana Flood Authority – West because I know that they are dependable and I can count on this organization during challenging times.”

Employees were recognized for their longevity and safety records. Of the employees honored for their service, seven have worked for 25 years or more including Kippy Adams, Ronnie Forrester, Craig Melanson, Chris Muscarello, Tod Pertuit, Lorraine Polly and Danny Thibodeaus. Five employees were recognized for 10 to 14 years of work; 11 employees, for five to nine years; and 15 employees, were recognized for up to four years of commitment to the Authority. Employees who had no recorded accidents while on the job also were honored with safety awards.

SLFPA-W president Susan Maclay and recipients of the Safety Awards gather at the Authority’s command center in Marrero for employee appreciation day.

Westwego Mayor John Shaddinger addresses SLFPA-W employees expressing his gratitude for their dedication.

Rosemary Spohrer accepts the inaugural Gerald “Jerry” Spohrer Memorial Award of Excellence in honor of her late husband Jerry Spohrer.

Jefferson Parish President, John F. Young acknowledges SLFPA-W employees for their work.

Representative Robert E. Billiot thanks SLFPA-W employees for their commitment to the Authority.

Jefferson Parish Councilman-at-Large, Division A, Christopher L. Roberts addresses SLFPA-W employees.

 

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West Selects John R. Monzon as Regional Director

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West (SLFPA-W) today announced the selection of John R. Monzon, P.E., M.ASCE, as its Regional Director.

Monzon, who most recently served as Operations Division Chief for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) since 2008, was selected by a vote of the SLFPA-W Board of Commissioners at its regular monthly meeting Monday evening.

SLFPA-W President Susan H. Maclay said that Monzon emerged as a clear choice for the Authority. “The combination of Monzon’s experience at CPRA, familiarity with the key issues facing the Authority and his leadership abilities made him an unsurpassed candidate. We think the transition will be seamless, which is critical as the start of hurricane season approaches.”

Monzon has 20 years of engineering experience in civil service, with a focus on flood control and emergency preparedness. During his tenure at CPRA, he was responsible for managing the construction and technical review of the Greater New Orleans Area Hurricane Protection System. Prior to his employment with CPRA, Monzon worked for 14 years as a New Orleans District Design Engineer for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD), where his duties included the technical and financial planning of levee repairs and lifts. Monzon received a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of New Orleans.

A New Orleans native, Monzon was raised on the West Bank and will return to assist with the protection of the community against flooding. “I look forward to continuing to provide the citizens and businesses of the West Bank with the high level of flood protection that they deserve,” said Monzon. “My experience with CPRA and LADOTD in the realm of flood protection will help me make informed decisions in the operation and maintenance of the flood protection system.”

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Friday, February 28, 2014

DIRECTOR

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West (SLFPA-W) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Director for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West and its member districts, West Jefferson Levee District and Algiers Levee District. This position offers excellent salary and benefits, commensurate with experience.

Minimum qualifications required for this position:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Geology, Emergency Response, or  Master’s degree in Public Administration, Business Management, or related fields from an accredited university.
  • Ten years’ experience in overseeing levee and flood control operations, project management, engineering management, construction management or public administration. The responsibilities of this position include management, planning, coordination and synchronization of each Levee District’s daily operation, disaster response, levee safety, flood control, floodgate and floodwall operations, maintenance and other related functions.
  • Previous supervisory experience is necessary, and candidates must have a proven track record in management.
  • Candidates must exhibit strong organizational and leadership skills, and be capable of managing a large and diverse group of Louisiana Civil Service employees.
  • Residing within the West Bank and Vicinity Hurricane Project area (west of the Mississippi River, including Jefferson Parish and Algiers) is preferred but not required.

Scope of responsibility includes:

  • 100 miles of levees and other flood protection structures
  • Annual direct budget of approximately 7.1 million dollars
  • Close association with local, State and Federal organizations

The deadline for submission is March 15, 2014, no later than 4:30 PM. Please forward all resumes, with cover letter, salary requirements and references.

  • By mail to SLFPA-W, 7001 River Road, Marrero, LA 70072
  • By fax to (504) 371-6868
  • By e-mail to ntran@slfpaw.org

 

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Monday, January 13, 2014
SLFPA-W Board of Commissioners and Officers Honor Longest-Serving Employee: Sandra Zerangue

sandraSandra Zerangue, Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West’s (SLFPA-W) longest-serving employee, appeared before the SLFPA-W Board of Commissioners at their regular board meeting, to receive recognition for more than three decades of faithful service to the Authority. Commissioners and officers of SLFPA-W gathered to recognize Ms. Zerangue for 31 years of service. From 1982 to her recent retirement, Ms. Zerangue worked to protect the life and property of residents and business owners on the West Bank of Orleans and Jefferson parishes by assisting the Authority in the maintenance of the West Bank levees.

The SLFPA-W Board of Commissioners expressed their gratitude to Ms. Zerangue, presenting her with a resolution, officially honoring her on the occasion of her retirement. “On behalf of the Board of Commissioners and the entire SLFPA-W team, I would like to thank Ms. Zerangue for more than 30 years of tireless service,” said SLFPA-W President Susan H. Maclay. “It is because of dedicated employees like her that we are able to work to make the West Bank a safer place. Ms. Zerangue's dedication to her work and her willingness to help every member of the SLFPA-W team will be sorely missed,” she said. “We wish her many more happy years and sincerely thank her for her public service.”

The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com covered the event, highlighting Ms. Zerangue’s service and the gratitude of all SLFPA-W commissioners and officers.

(Picture above, from L to R: Commissioner Kendall Gaddy, Regional Director Giuseppe Miserendino, Commissioner Michael Merritt, Vice President Jim Wilkinson, Sandra Zerangue, Commissioner Jerry Viera, President Susan Maclay, Commissioner Paul Dauphin, and Secretary/Treasurer Edward Camnetar)

 

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Sunday, October 6, 2013
TROPICAL STORM KAREN UPDATE: Harvey Canal Opening

SLFPA-W will begin opening the Harvey Canal flood gates today.

 

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Saturday, October 5, 2013
TROPICAL STORM KAREN UPDATE: Bayou Segnette and Harvey Canal

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has informed the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West (SLFPA-W) that the Corps will close the Bayou Segnette Barge Gates at 8 am today in response to Tropical Storm Karen.

The gates are designed to be closed when water in the canal reaches two feet above sea level and is rising. Closure prevents surges from entering the canal and protects areas to the north while removing the danger to a large area of residential communities and businesses. The gates are expected to remain closed until the threat has passed.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has also informed the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West (SLFPA-W) that the Corps temporarily closed the Harvey Canal sector gates at 8 a.m. today in response to Tropical Storm Karen.

During the closure, rainwater will be pumped around the gates by the Cousins Station and removed to the south side of the gates. In addition, the closure requires that the Patriot Street Pump Station in Harvey be shut down to prevent water from building up and spilling over the canal banks on the protected side north of the closed Harvey Canal gates.

The gates are designed to be closed when water in the canal reaches two feet above sea level and is rising, preventing surges from entering the canal and protecting areas to the north while removing the danger to a large area of residential communities and businesses. All of the closed gates are expected to remain closed until the threat has passed.

 

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Friday, October 4, 2013
TROPICAL STORM KAREN UPDATE: National Weather Service Briefing

The National Weather Service has released its latest Tropical Storm Karen briefing. Click here for the report.

 

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Thursday, October 3, 2013
TROPICAL STORM KAREN UPDATE: Bayou Segnette Update

The Bayou Segnette gates inside the state park will be closed mid-morning tomorrow.

The Bayou Segnette complex is closed when the elevation in the canal reaches elevation 2.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013
TROPICAL STORM KAREN UPDATE: Hero Canal "Stop Log Gate" Closing

SLFPA-W has received notice that the Hero Canal “Stop Log Gate” will be closed at 10AM Friday October 4, due to Tropical Storm Karen. For more information, please contact:

Guy Laigast, LEM
Director of Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness
Plaquemines Parish
8056 Hwy. 23; Suite 308
Belle Chasse,LA 70037
Phone (504) 274-2476

 

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Thursday, October 3, 2013
TROPICAL STORM KAREN UPDATE: SLFPA-W Monitoring Tropical Storm Karen

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West (SLFPA-W) and maritime interests are monitoring Tropical Storm Karen closely via the National Weather Service: www.weather.gov. Gate closures began at 2 p.m. today and will continue until tomorrow afternoon. The storm has taken a more westerly path than expected. SLFPA-W encourages all interests to monitor the storm closely and watch for further SLFPA-W updates as necessary.

Commercial fisherman, please be advised that the Hero Stop Log will be closed tomorrow morning.

Visit National Weather Service website at www.weather.gov for the most up-to-date movement of the storm. SLFPA-W will send out text and email alerts with continued updates and post the information here on our website.

 

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Friday , August 16, 2013
Update from the National Weather Service

Highest impact will be strong winds and higher seas due to strong persistent thunderstorm activity through Monday. Some of these thunderstorms will produce waterspouts - a few of these waterspouts may be strong.

Maximized maritime conditions are expected Saturday night with Southerly winds of 20 knots with gusts as high as 35 knots. Seas may rise during this time frame to as high as 10 feet for a short duration. Rainfall will be heavy enough to overtake bilge capacity of small vessels.

Tide levels could rise 1-2 ft. above normal Saturday night regardless of track.

SLFPA-W is monitoring the system closely but has no plans to close structures at this time.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013
Area of Disturbed Weather Approaching the Gulf of Mexico

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West (SLFPA-W), in conjunction with federal, state and local maritime agencies, is monitoring an area of disturbed weather approaching the Gulf of Mexico via the National Weather Service: www.weather.gov. No gate closures are necessary at this time. However, SLFPA-W encourages all interests to monitor the storm closely and watch for further SLFPA-W updates as necessary.

Visit National Weather Service at www.weather.gov for the most up-to-date movement of the storm. SLFPA-W will send out a text and email alert if any gate closures are initiated and post the information here on our website.

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Monday, June 3, 2013
WWL-TV Videos featuring President Susan Maclay


May 30: Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West President Susan
Maclay discusses high water barge patrol with WWL-TV’s Dennis Woltering.

 


June 3: WWL-TV’s Eric Paulsen interviews Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection
Authority-West President Susan Maclay and Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection
Authority-East President Tim Doody about the New Orleans area hurricane protection
system as the 2013 hurricane season begins.

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Friday, May 31, 2013
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers presentation regarding hurricane preparedness for the Greater New Orleans area in advance the 2013 hurricane season.

Click here for the Power Point presentation.

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Friday, May 31, 2013
Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West President Susan Maclay participates in a hurricane preparedness news conference at the Port of New Orleans in advance of the 2013 hurricane season on June 1


Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West President Susan Maclay participates
in a hurricane preparedness news conference at the Port of New Orleans in advance of the
2013 hurricane season on June 1

 


Commissioner Maclay signs a banner at the hurricane preparedness news conference
that reads, “Shared Responsibility & Strong Partnerships Reducing Risk for Southeast Louisiana.

 


Commissioner Maclay confers with New Orleans City Council President Jackie Clarkson
at the hurricane press event that was attended by officials from each of the parishes
in the region

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Monday, May 23, 2013
Maritime Industry Is Urged to Work with Federal and State Jurisdictions
for Safe High-Water Navigation on the Mississippi River

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West (SLFPA-W) continues to patrol Mississippi River levees in Jefferson and Orleans parishes as part of its High-Water Emergency Plan.
vessel in violation
This week, inspectors have documented an increasing number of violations of the required 180 feet of clearance, as shown in R.S. 38:225(A)(2), required between vessels or their tows and any levee, floodwall or flood-protection structure’s centerline. As an example, during the weekend, five vessels near the Harvey Canal locks were documented as being dangerously moored. One was at mile marker 90. See photos to the left and below.

 

Below is a map highlighting areas where the river batture, or the area between the water and the levees, is diminished. The red blocks on the map are areas of greatest concern and require the attention of all vessels operating in the region. Click an area on the map below for a larger view.

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All maritime interests operating within the river and lock systems in this area must adhere to federal and state laws regarding safe operation of vessels near levees and revetments to avoid damage.

violationSLFPA-W continues to receive excellent cooperation from Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association (GICA) and maritime associations familiar with these regulations. However, the Authority needs increasing cooperation from other operators. All interests should take a moment to contact colleagues and ask them to visit the SLFPA-W website and sign up for important alerts. 

SLFPA-W is informing the industry of these regulations but also is taking appropriate action against those that continue to disregard the 180-foot rule.      

The public is invited to follow these text alerts for the latest information regarding this high-water event.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013:
Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West

Employees Honored for Years of Service Working to Protect the West Bank Community

SLFPA-W president Susan Maclay opens the employee recognition
ceremony, expressing her gratitude to her employees for their dedication

Commissioners and officers of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West (SLFPA-W) gathered at the authority’s command center in Marrero recently to honor the work that SLFPA-W employees do to protect the life and property of more than 90,000 households and 7,500 businesses on the West Bank of Orleans and Jefferson parishes by maintaining the West Bank levees. SLFPA-W president Susan Maclay opened the ceremony, expressing her appreciation to her staff.

“Without the work that you do every single day, without going the extra mile and having the drive that you all have, the residents of the West Bank, our friends and families, would be in harm’s way,” president Maclay said.

Westwego mayor John Shaddinger and SLFPA-W president
Susan Maclay address SLFPA-W employees

President Maclay was joined by Gretna mayor Ronnie Harris and Westwego mayor John Shaddinger, who both expressed their appreciation for SLFPA-W as an organization and the work that the employees do to keep the residents of Gretna and Westwego safe from severe-weather incidents.

“With each day that you push yourself a little harder and complete each task to the best of your ability, you make the West Bank a safer place in which to live,” Shaddinger said. “I’m looking forward to continuing to work with the Southeast Louisiana Flood Authority –West because I know that I can count on this organization when times are tough.”

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West for many years,” Harris said. “As mayor of Gretna, I want to express my gratitude to each and every employee here today for the hard work that they have done to keep our levees secure.”


Sandra Zerangue is recognized by SLFPA-W president Susan Maclay and Gretna
mayor Ronnie Harris for 31 years of service to the SLFPA-W

Harris and Shaddinger helped president Maclay honor employees individually, thanking them for their years of work.

Sandra Zerangue is the SLFPA-W’s longest-serving employee, working with the organization for 31 years. Also honored were 8 additional employees, who worked for 25 years or more; 1 employee, 20 to 24 years; 4 employees, 10 to 14 years; 7 employees, 5 to 9 years; and 18 employees, who have worked for up to 4 years.

SLFPA-W regional director Giuseppe Miserendino, honored for more than 20 years of employment himself, acknowledged the commissioners for their work: president Susan Maclay, vice president Jim Wilkinson, secretary-treasurer Paul Dauphin and commissioners Ed Camnetar, Kendall Gaddy, Mike Merritt and Jerry Viera.


Regional Director Giuseppe Miserendino
acknowledges SLFPA-W commissioners


Employees who had no recorded accidents while on the job also were honored with safety awards.

Al Pleming, Alvin Smith, Brad Bosch, Brian Legnon, Chris Goodson, Chris Muscarello, Craig Melanson, David Roark, Delando Davis, Devon Lewis, Don Robertson, Gary Bergeron, Giuseppe Miserendino, Randall Dufriend, Janis Rogers, Jeff Picado, Jeffrey Lively, Jerry Strong, Jorge Alas, Kenneth Clark, Kernice Richard, Kippy Adams, Lorraine Polly, Michael Clark, Michael Gasper, Michael Griffin, Ngoc Tran, Paul Jackson, Ray Albert, Ronnie Forrester, Sandra Zerangue and Tod Pertuit.

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Monday, May 6, 2013:
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West (SLFPA-West) has begun patrolling the Mississippi River levee in Jefferson and Orleans parishes under its High-Water Emergency Plan.

Inspectors have documented several violations of the required 180 feet of clearance between vessels and/or their tows from any levee/floodwall/flood protection structure’s centerline. However, the Authority has communicated its concerns to the GICA and the maritime industry, and those issues have been resolved without incident. Based on these adjustments, we did not document violations over the weekend. Their cooperation in addressing these matters is appreciated.

Special recognition is given to Jim Stark, Michael Stack, Jr., Harvey Canal lock master, the maritime industry and the executive staff of the Coast Guard for their cooperation.

Visit the SLFPA-W website (www.slfpaw.org) to view a map that highlights areas where the river batture is diminished. The public is invited to follow these text alerts for the latest information regarding this high-water event.

 

Friday, May 3, 2013:
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West will hold a meeting on Friday, May 24th at 10:00 A.M. at 7001 River Road in Marrero to discuss various storm preparedness issues, including the conditions for the implementation of the RNA (Regulated Navigation Area) in the Algiers and Harvey Canals.

Immediately after the meeting, you will have the opportunity to tour our emergency command center.

Invited participants include the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West, Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East, Lafitte Area Independent Levee District, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Jefferson Parish Government, Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s Office, Plaquemines Parish Government, City of New Orleans, City of Gretna, City of Westwego, United States Coast Guard, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association, Harvey Canal Industrial Association, Louisiana Maritime Association, Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers and Fishermen, Louisiana Shrimp Association, commercial fishermen, state representatives, state senators and other public officials. Please invite anyone who can contribute to the meeting.

Please RSVP by Friday, May 17th to Ngoc Ford at ntran@slfpaw.org or 504-371-6849.

We hope that you can fit this important event into your busy schedules. It is important to the safety of life and property on the Westbank.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013:
SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA FLOOD PROTECTION AUTHORITY-WEST TAKING PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES IN ANTICIPATION OF HIGHER RIVER LEVELS

Business and Maritime Interests Are Encouraged to Register with SLFPA-W for Email and Text Alerts

The Southeast LA Flood Protection Authority – West (SLFPA-W) has instituted precautionary actions in anticipation of rising river waters that could affect its jurisdiction. In addition, the Authority has begun to notify business and maritime interests along the Mississippi River that they must be at least 180 feet from the crown of river levees.

SLFPA-W Regional Director Giuseppe Miserendino said that residents, businesses, regulatory agencies and the maritime industry can visit the Authority’s website at www.slfpaw.org to see a map of the levee system, including the areas with diminished battures, or the land space between the river’s edge and the base of the levee. (See map below).

Miserendino said he is pleased with the initial response of the maritime interests.

“We are working closely with the maritime industry so that everyone gets the word regarding protection of the batture and the levees. There has been a very good level of cooperation, which we appreciate.”

He reminded the public, and maritime and commercial fishermen, to register for special email and text alerts by visiting www.slfpaw.org or emailing info@wjld.com. These text alerts will allow interested parties to also keep abreast of breaking news during the upcoming hurricane season.

Miserendino urged everyone to sign up now for the email and text alerts.

“Registration should take no more than a minute. Don’t wait to sign up for alerts. Be prepared and sign up now.”  

**FOR A LARGER VIEW, CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW**

Although vessels are not allowed within 180 feet from the crown of any Mississippi River levee, the areas highlighted above are known diminished batture areas (less than 180 feet) that would allow vessels to make contact with the levees during high water events. SLFPA-W will vigorously patrol these areas.

The areas of diminished batture are along the right descending bank of the Mississippi river at river markers:
113, 109, 106, 102, 99, 98, 90, 88, 86, 84, 83

 

Friday, December 28, 2012:
Passing of Jerry Spohrer



It is with deep sadness that I must inform you of the passing of Gerald A. “Jerry” Spohrer on Christmas Eve after a brief hospital stay. Jerry served as Executive Director of the West Jefferson Levee District (WJLD) for more than 18 years and then in the top position of what became the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - West (SLFPA-W) after the reorganization of the New Orleans-area levee districts following Hurricane Katrina. Since 2010, he served as Special Assistant to the President, a role in which he provided leadership and guidance on major planning and construction projects for the Authority. His advice and counsel in dealings with these projects, and with our partners at the state and federal levels, were invaluable. Prior to Jerry’s assumption of the directorship of WJLD, the West Bank’s hurricane protection system was in its infancy and consisted of little more than a few low earthen levees. It was not until Jerry became WJLD’s director in 1990 that flood protection on the West Bank finally began to come into its own.

Under Jerry’s exceptional talent and leadership, active construction began on the system, which had been federalized in 1986. It initially ran from the west side of the Harvey Canal to Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego. He oversaw its growth into what became the West Bank and Vicinity Hurricane Protection Project, which expanded westward to include Lake Cataouatche and a small part of St. Charles Parish, and eastward to include the east side of the Harvey Canal, Algiers and parts of Plaquemines Parish. He coordinated and oversaw all of the project’s land acquisitions needs and all of its planning and construction. Today, this multi-billion-dollar project is virtually complete.

Jerry took the fledgling WJLD, professionalized its operations, turned it into the premier levee district in the state and oversaw its emergence into SLFPA-W. He will be remembered for his many contributions to this agency, its member levee districts and the people of the West Bank of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Charles parishes. At all times, he exhibited the integrity, loyalty and judgment required of an outstanding public servant, and he will be sorely missed.

At his request, there will be no official memorial services.

Jerry and his family are in our thoughts as we approach the New Year.

Susan H. Maclay
President
Southeast LA Flood Protection Authority - West

 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012:
Inspection of Drainage Facilities/Floodwalls/Roadways on August 29, Following Hurricane Isaac

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012:
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS INFORMED SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA FLOOD PROTECTION AUTHORITY-WEST THAT THE GULF INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (GIWW) SECTOR GATES WERE CLOSED AT 8:00 A.M. TODAY

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers informed the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West (SLFPA-W) that the Corps completed the closure of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) sector gates at 8:00 a.m. today. The gates are part of the Western Closure Complex at the intersection of the GIWW and the Harvey and Algiers canals. They are designed to prevent storm surges from entering the Harvey and Algiers canals and threatening approximately 27 miles of levees. With this closure, pumps at the complex are able to remove rainwater from the protected side to the unprotected side. All control structures are designed to be closed when water in the canals reaches two feet above sea level and is rising. The sector gates will remain closed until the threat from Hurricane Isaac has passed. To read more click here.

 

August 27, 2012:
SLFPA-W Regional Director Giuseppe Miserendino describes monitoring activity to Senator David Vitter as Hurricane Isaac approaches Jefferson Parish on the evening of August 28, 2012. SLFPA-W President Susan Maclay also led the Senator on a tour of the Command Center.

 

August 27, 2012:
SLFPA-W President Susan Maclay and Senator David Vitter inspecting flood protection facilities in advance of Hurricane Isaac's arrival on Aug. 28.

August 27, 2012:
Major West Bank floodgates to close Tuesday for Isaac

In preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac, the massive West Closure Complex and Harvey Canal floodgates are scheduled to close Tuesday at noon. About 70 percent of the floodgates on the West Bank have been closed in preparation for high tides and strong southerly winds from the storm, according to Susan Maclay, president of the Southeast Louisiana Levee Authority-West. To read more click here.

August 27, 2012:
Approach of Isaac doesn't worry the Corps of Engineers

Almost seven years ago to the day, a system of hurricane levees and floodwalls built by the Army Corps of Engineers infamously failed to protect New Orleans -- crumbling in the face of a storm weaker than it was designed to repel, causing the deaths of more than 1,300 citizens, and inflicting crippling infrastructure wounds the city still is struggling to heal. Yet as Isaac, predicted to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane, approached a new corps system designed to withstand a Category 3 storm, local officials expressed nothing but confidence. To read more click here.

Thursday, March 22, 2012:
Locals want corps in charge of flood protection-navigation facilities

Local authorities and industry representatives are warning of threats to public safety and commerce if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does not assume control of key components of the New Orleans region’s new flood protection system. To read more click here.

December 23, 2011:
Third-party review of levees is welcome: An editorial

The following editorial ran in the New Orleans Times-Picayune on December 23, 2011: West Bank levees will be reviewed by an independent third party, and that's a necessary precaution given the legitimate concerns that have been raised about debris in the levees and clay quality. Sen. David Vitter said that Army Corps of Engineers officials agreed to arrange for the outside review, and the senator was right to push for that step. To read more click here.

December 21, 2011:
Independent team to examine debris on N.O. levees

The following news story was published by the Associated Press on December 21, 2011: NEW ORLEANS — The Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to allow independent experts to investigate debris such as tree trunks, a shopping cart, chunks of concrete and bricks found in levees protecting a densely populated suburban area of New Orleans. To read more click here.

December 5, 2011:
Don't lessen concerns about debris in West Bank levee: An editorial

The following news clipping ran in The Times Picayune on November 23,2011: West Bank levee authority officials are worried about the structural integrity of a $29 million levee being raised south of Marrero, and they're right to raise concerns about debris in the levee and the quality of its clay. Large logs, chunks of concrete and even a shopping cart and a construction crane hook have been unearthed in test trenches that have been dug into the 3.5-mile levee that runs from the New Westwego Pumping Station to a mile east of the Westminster Pumping Station.To read more click here.

November 21, 2011:
Levee-fill debris includes shopping cart, water heater

The following news clipping ran in The Times Picayune on November 19,2011: Test trenches cut into a problematic levee being raised south of Marrero unearthed logs, concrete chunks, tires, hubcaps, a hot water tank and a shopping cart, according to a blistering report by the West Bank levee authority that questions the levee’s structural integrity. The testing also revealed sections of wet and poorly compacted clay that prompted a levee authority official to dub it the “jelly doughnut levee,” according to the report released Friday. To read more click here.

September 28, 2011:
West Bank levee inspection shows acceptable debris levels

The following news clipping ran in The Times Picayune on September 28,2011: Perched atop a newly raised levee south of Marrero, a backhoe dug into the freshly compacted clay Wednesday afternoon as two dozen engineers and levee officials in hard hats and fluorescent vests watched. When the backhoe had dug a 6-foot-deep trench, the onlookers put down their clipboards and began sifting through the excavated clay spread out on a large tarp. To read more, click here.

September 27, 2011:
Corps of Engineers begins testing West Bank levees for woody debris

The following news clipping ran in The Times Picayune on September 27,2011:The Army Corps of Engineers began digging test trenches in a newly raised levee south of Westwego on Tuesday to investigate the West Bank levee authority's concerns that the clay contains too much woody debris. But the levee authority said the work is premature because it had not reached a written agreement with the corps on testing procedures. To read full story, click here
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August 24, 2011:
Ensure the integrity of metro New Orleans' West Bank levees: An editorial

The following news clipping ran in The Times Picayune on August 24,2011: West Bank levee authority officials have been concerned for months about woody debris in levees under construction, but the discovery of a second large log in a levee being built south of Harvey is leading them to question its structural integrity. To read full story, click here.

August 22, 2011:
West Bank levee authority joins call to rethink levee armoring

The following news clipping ran in The Times Picayune on August 22,2011: The West Bank levee authority is calling on the Army Corps of Engineers to rethink its plans for armoring newly raised levees, joining the state and east bank levee authority in proposing a method they believe could be more effective and less expensive. To read full story, click here.

August 20, 2011:
West Bank levee integrity is in doubt, board says

The following news clipping ran in The Times Picayune on August 20,2011: After finding a log the size of a typical suitcase embedded in a levee under construction south of Harvey two months ago, West Bank levee authority inspectors warned that such woody debris could cause the levee to subside prematurely, though they emphasized they had no concerns the flood barrier would fail during a hurricane. To read full story, click here.

June 29, 2011:
Army Corps of Engineers, West Bank authority update Jefferson Parish Council on debris in levees

The following news clipping ran in The Times Picayune on June 29,2011: After raising concerns earlier this month about chunks of wood and other debris in diret used to raise several levees, the West Bank levee authority said it is pleased with the Army Corps of Engineers' response to the issue. To read full story, click here.

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