Commission lowers level to open new flood gates
Residents in low-lying areas around Lake D’Arbonne learned in April the state’s new $9 million flood control project wasn’t keeping water off their property.
The chairman of the commission that oversees the lake asked them for patience as his group and state agencies learn how to use the structure.
In April, when heavy rains over a week-long period pushed the level of the lake to the predetermined level at which the two 20-foot Tainter gates would be opened, the continued rise on the lake saw it spill onto lots and over piers and other structures on the lake.
At their most recenty meeting, the Bayou D’Arbonne Lake Watershed Commission approved a measure asking the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development – which oversees operation of the gates – to lower the level at which the gates are opened from 82.5 feet to 82.25 feet.
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