A scary site for folks in Gueydan where a levee off of Louisiana Highway 713 and Louisiana Highway 91 breached on Wednesday morning for a second consecutive year. The first and initial time this levee breached was during the August 2016 flooding.
Resident and council member Jason Suire says for the last year members have been fighting to get this levee repaired. He says “we [Gueydan] were one tropical storm away from flooding again, and that’s just what happened.”
With last year’s August flood still fresh in his mind, Suire says the fact this levee breached a second time comes as no surprise to him.
In 2016, The National Guard was called in to drop sand bangs at this very location. But since then, those sandbags have been removed and the damage to the levee, never repaired.
Master Trooper Brooks David, with the Louisiana State Police says the breach is “about a 50 foot breach section of levee.” He says that sections has been “missing from the flood last year while the water from the Mermentau River and all the other areas is pushing across the roadway.”
But Leon Broussard, a Police Juror for District 14 Vermillion Parish, says the Parish received “some money to do it but it kept raining so much that we haven’t been able to get to it.”
Concerned parish leaders say for the last year they have been fighting to get this fixed but they keep getting tossed around until recently when Representatives from Congressman Clay Higgins office came out to assess the damage. But some residents fear this help is coming too late.
Broussard says this breach is putting pressure on the current levees which are protecting Gueydan. While Suire hopes “this will open some of the politicians eyes to say hey look we have to take care of the people.”
30 homes are in the path of this levee.