Full Dredge of Vermilion River Would Cost $150 Million According to Study

Congressman Clay Higgins said a study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determined that a full dredge of the Vermilion River would cost $150 Million dollars and only save about 175 homes in Lafayette Parish. Higgins held a press conference in Lafayette alongside Mark Wingate, Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management for the Corp’s New Orleans division, to announce the findings of the long-awaited study.

The Corps studied the effects of dredging the river from its headwaters at Bayou Fusilier in St. Landry Parish to its outlet at Vermilion Bay, based on a simulation of the August 2016 flood that saw 31 inches of rain fall in 36 hours.