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Finished Needmore Diversion Channel will take 51,000 acres out of floodplain

JEFFERSON COUNTY - by Lauren Huet

Tonight a project that has been discussed nearly 80 years is finished, and it could help protect you from flooding. It will take 51-thousand acres out of the 100 year flood plain and save millions of dollars.

Monday, the sound of rushing water and fireworks could be heard as Drainage District 6 celebrated the completion of the Needmore Diversion Channel, and took down the last levee.

"It's going to alleviate a lot of drainage problems particularly in the western part of the county," said President of the Drainage District 6 Board Josh Allen.

The Needmore Channel begins north of highway 73 near Labelle Road and travels south to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

"It's amazing and it actually runs chills up and down my spine. It's been a long hard battle," said Assistant General Manager of DD6 Jim Broussard.

Jim Broussard knows how flooding affects farmers and ranchers in West Jefferson County.

"The water would be completely over the rice," said Broussard. "Usually it would hit in the summertime when the rice was very susceptible to flooding and it would just completely destroy the crops."

Broussard used to be a rice farmer. He's been working on the Needmore project for about 30 years.

"The 1989 floods actually almost wiped me out," said Broussard, "and I was working for Drainage District 3 at the time, I was a commissioner, and I knew something had to be done. So, I just made it my lifelong objective to get out there and try to move this water."

The Needmore Channel will move flood waters away from crops, homes, and cattle to the Gulf of Mexico. Just this spring out in rural Jefferson County water reached the top of some fences. Broussard says, now that the Needmore Channel is complete that won't happen again.

"Big economic impact on agriculture, for the cattle and the rice, as well as many hundreds of miles of county roads," said Broussard.

"I can't believe this project. This is pretty amazing," said P.T. Kojak.

P.T. Kojak develops land in the Fannett area. He says this channel will also impact development.

"All my people are going to be the beneficiary of this. We were in the 100 year flood plain and now we're not," said Kojak.

51-thousand-acres now out of the floodplain, because of a project to move the flood waters in a different direction.

The Needmore Diversion Channel project cost 35 million dollars. DD6 saved 15 million dollars by doing the project in-house with DD6 employees.

"Well, it's huge, because the biggest part of this project is the fact that it was done all in-house by the staff of Drainage District 6," said Josh Allen, president of the board of DD6. "I don't think there's ever been a project this large that's ever even been envisioned to be done in-house."

GasBuddy: Texas gas prices drop 8.6 cents for week

TEXAS -- Average retail gasoline prices in Texas have fallen 8.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.22/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 13,114 gas outlets in Texas.

 

This compares with the national average that has fallen 12.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.47/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

 

Including the change in gas prices in Texas during the past week, prices yesterday were 100.4 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 23.5 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. 


The national average has decreased 19.5 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 96.4 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

 

"Nationally, gas prices saw their largest weekly drop of the year," said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst.

 

"Prices moved lower in all but one state, Utah, with plunges at the pump throughout the Great Lakes as a result of BP's Whiting, Indiana refinery coming back online. The national average now stands at its lowest point since April, a fitting way to close out the summer driving season with Labor Day approaching. 


"While oil prices rallied late last week, I don't yet expect it to impact pump prices, as they still have some catching up to do with the drop in crude oil prices. Since June 30, oil prices have fallen 23% while retail gasoline prices have fallen about half that amount, so gasoline prices will move lower again this week," DeHaan said.

 

For a complete listing of current averages and other fuel price data, visit http://media.gasbuddy.com. For fuel news and alerts, follow @GasBuddyNews on Twitter.

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