HOUMA, La. (AP) — Preliminary design is beginning on a long-awaited floodgate that could eventually help to close the Dularge levee system.

Terrebonne Levee District officials voted earlier this month to move forward on a design of the West Dularge floodgate, planned to block off Falgout Canal.

The floodgate is being planned as part of a final push to complete the scaled-down local Morganza-to-the-Gulf hurricane project system.

The Courier reports (http://bit.ly/N0Vz2G ) getting the project built quickly will depend on whether voters approve a 1/2-cent sales tax proposal set for this year's Dec. 8 ballot. That tax would raise money to finish building the local Morganza project up to 10-feet-tall from Dularge to Pointe-aux-Chenes, pay to build the Dularge floodgate and build a new levee system protecting Bayou Black from hurricane flooding.


Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com