U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R, LA) and U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry (R, LA-03) sent a letter to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials urging them to complete the Southwest Coastal Louisiana Hurricane Protection and Restoration study by the 2012 hurricane season.
"Following Hurricane Rita, Congress authorized a feasibility study to determine how best to protect the parishes of Calcasieu, Cameron and Vermilion. Six years and millions in taxpayer dollars later, the Corps still hasn't completed the study, and actually terminated the project," Vitter said. "We're supporting the state officials who want to continue the study and determine how best to protect the region by working together with the Corps to complete it."
Vitter and Landry are having a conference call today with Corps officials to discuss the status of the study.
"As all people of South Louisiana are threatened by hurricanes, all people in South Louisiana deserve hurricane protection," Landry said. "I hope yesterday's letter and today's call will make the Corps realize that they must protect our entire coast."