AMELIA — St. Mary Parish Drainage District 6 passed a resolution to authorize removal of flood protection baskets for public access, drainage and public safety during their regular monthly meeting on Monday.
St. Mary Parish would like to keep as many flood protection elements as possible through hurricane season.
“Their thought is, well, it is usually not a problem during hurricane season, but what if. They want to leave in place everything with minimal impact and then take it down afterwards and then get into our permanent project … The parish wants to be able to close the system back if they have gaps. They don’t want to have the responsibility of not being able to close everything back off in some high water event,” said Kevin O’Gorman of T. Baker Smith.
Residents who wish to have flood protection baskets removed from their property must fill out a service request form from a drainage board member. This form will then be processed by the St. Mary Parish Government.
The form will allow the removal of up to 30 feet of baskets. If more than 30 feet needs to be moved, the individual will be responsible for flood damages to their property or adjacent properties, according to the service request form.
St. Mary Parish will store baskets in the Franklin area, and the sand will be relocated to a staging area in Amelia. If residents wish to access the waterfront, St. Mary Parish President Paul Naquin Jr. suggests using a stepladder to gain access.
If business owners or residents would like baskets removed, they must contact Leroy Breaux, 631-2683, the chairman of the drainage board. Residents and business owners may also contact Amelia Volunteer Fire Department Chief and drainage board member Carl McAllister, 631-2883.
If residents do remove baskets, there is a fine of $350 per 15-foot section.
“You need a special piece of equipment to remove Hesco baskets without damaging them,” Naquin said.
No members from the St. Mary Levee District or St. Mary Parish Council were present at Monday’s meeting.