South Lafourche Levee District

Richard "Dick" Guidry Complex

Without flood protection, nothing else matters.
        --Windell Curole

History of South Lafourche Levee District 

A-East, Sep-1993
A-East Levee - 1984, Yankee Canal area

    The South Lafourche Levee District was signed into existence in 1968 under the name of "South Louisiana Tidal Water Control Levee District" by then Governor John McKeithen.  This district was to provide protection for the southern reaches of Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes.  

     In 1970 the SLTWCLD was reorganized to include the part of Lafourche Parish south of the Intracoastal Waterway (IWW).  In 1978 the name was changed to South Lafourche Levee District. 

     The first segment of levee, Section "A" West, was completed in 1976, with another 16 miles of 1st levee lift completed, along with Golden Meadow Floodwalls, in 1981.

     The South Lafourche Levee District office is located in Galliano, Louisiana.  The hurricane protection system consists of over 48 miles of ring levee and has 33,400 acres within the flood protection system.  There are 6 pumping stations within the system.  The total acreage of the levee district exceeds 439,000.   For more information, go to About Us.

U.S. Representative Richard "Dick" Guidry watches as Governor John McKeithen signs the bill that will create what is now known as the South Lafourche Levee District.