Why Build A Levee?

Hurricanes Isaac, Gustav and Ike fully exposed our vulnerability to flooding and tidal surges and the Great Flood of 2016 threatened the homes and businesses of our residents.  After more than 40 years in the study phase, the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane Risk Reduction Project received Congressional authorization to move the project forward in December of 2016.

How much will this levee cost?

The projected cost of the levee is $718 million which includes earthen levees, flood walls and pump stations.  St. John's cost-share is $50 million, with annual maintenance costs of $5 million.


How much will I have to pay?

An additional 7 mils will cost St. John property owners only $1.50 to $13.12 more per month for homes valued from $100,000 to $300,000 and only $18.95 to $53.95 per month for homes valued from $400,000 to $1,000,000.

What are the benefits?

  • Flood protection for homes and businesses
  • Economic development and growth in areas previously prone to flooding
  • Reduced or stable flood insurance rates

VOTE Saturday, April 29

A special election is scheduled for Saturday, April 29 so citizens can vote on a 7 mil property tax for flood protection.  The tax will fund the parish's portion of a Hurricane/Flood Protection Levee which extends 18 miles from the Bonnet Carre Spillway in Montz to the Hope Canal in Garyville.

It is vital that you vote on building a Hurricane/Flood Protection Levee.
Registrar of Voters Offices (Percy Hebert Building and Edgard Courthouse)