On August 29, 2012, for the first time in most residents’ lifetime, nearly 7,000 homes in LaPlace, Louisiana flooded.  Without any warning whatsoever, water from Hurricane Isaac's storm surge rushed into about 7,000 homes requiring an unprecedented rescue by boat. Even if there was a warning, residents would not have been able to escape because evacuation routes were under water.

Storm surge from Lake Pontchartrain pushed across Interstate 10 making it impassable as an escape route away from LaPlace and obstructing emergency responders from entering LaPlace. 

The devastation of nearly 7,000 homes and residents’ lives could have been avoided!  In 1971(over forty years ago), Congress authorized a study for flood protection for LaPlace and the west shore of Lake Pontchartrain. 

More importantly, for over 40 years, no member of the U.S. Congress representing LaPlace and the west shore of Lake Pontchartrain has ever made any legitimate effort to obtain the required funding to construct the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain levee.  Over the years leading up to Hurricane Isaac flooding LaPlace, congressional members never demonstrated their eagerness to advocate a desire to protect their St. John Parish constituents.  In the meantime, St. John Parish is a sitting duck for the next hurricane which pushes water into Lake Pontchartrain and flows through LaPlace as if it were a drainage ditch.

On December 19, 2014, the Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board approved the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Levee Project.  Now, it's up to Congress to fund the project and protect our homes.


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