POINTE COUPEE, LA (NBC LOCAL 33) (FOX 44)- A flood-prone neighborhood in Pointe Coupee Parish is finally getting a facelift. Officials are moving the entire neighborhood to higher ground.
When 70-year-old Harold Terrance looks out at the pecan acres subdivision, he doesn’t just see a neighborhood he’s spent 50 years building, he sees history woven into his community.
“The people that live down here were sharecropping. The subdivision started in the latter part of the 60s when sharecropping ended, “Harold Terrance said.
But none of the people that moved in with Terrance would never anticipate the flooding. Any time it rains for an hour or so, the people get ready to jack up their furniture and wait for the water. Terrance says he’s tired that routine.
“Water comes now there’s nobody to help you, we use to be young people helping young people. Now we’re old people.”
But thanks to a federal grant and a parish councilman all of that is going to change.
“We do have a pumping station that’s behind pecan acres but once the canal gets full it just pumps it into the canal and it makes a circle. So the next thing was relocation,” Edward Bazile, Pointe Coupee Parish council member, said
The entire neighborhood is going to be relocated from east pecan drive to a patch of land right next to highway 10. Councilman Edward Bazile says getting to this point was years in the making.
“The people are very happy, especially since that last meeting. Everything is coming to light.”
It took several years of public meetings and debates but in two years time, each person will be moved into their own home in a completely new neighborhood.
“It’s just a matter of time, getting from point a to point b, but we’re getting there,” Terrance said.