VERMILION PARISH, La. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a study giving suggestions for the best defenses against hurricanes in Vermilion Parish.

KATC-TV reports that the study recommends elevating houses and forcing people to relocate for hurricane protection. The creation of levees is not part of the plan.

Resident Shannon Neveaux says she is not happy with the decisions and started a petition asking the corps to reconsider levees as structural protection.

Many parish officials want more shoreline protection.

Alison Miller, executive director at the Vermilion Parish Tourism Commission, says not protecting the coast could affect one of the parish's most valuable assets, tourism.

Vermilion Parish Police Juror Kevin Segrara says lack of protection could also hurt businesses.

The deadline to approve the plan is May 4.


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