Jefferson Parish President John Young says in terms of hurricane protection, the parish is much better protected now than it was eight years ago when Hurricane Katrina struck, because of the improvements made by the Corps of Engineers to the federal levee system.
What remains to be done is to provide greater protection in those areas outside the hurricane and storm damage risk reduction system, namely Lafitte, Crown Point, Barataria and Grand Isle, Young said.
Ring levees have been proposed to protect Lafitte, Crown Point and Barataria and are included in the first phase of the state's coastal master plan, which calls for the expenditure of $50 billion over 50 years.
Young says the Corps right now is repairing the so-called "Burrito Levee" on the south side of Grand Isle, and that project should be finished shortly.
While the level of storm protection has increased, Young says the parish will seek to raise it even higher.
"We're gonna have to continue to invest in hurricane protection and risk reduction measures and again continue to move forward with increasing our level of protection from Category 3 to eventually Category 5," Young said.