Bayou Teche causing erosion in Port Barre

PORT BARRE, La. - A main road in St. Landry Parish is becoming a hazard due to the erosion of Bayou Teche.

Rayne Rd. is located just off US 190 in Port Barre.

"This is one of the adverse byproducts of the system," says St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot.

The system comes from the Teche Vermillion Freshwater District.

It artificially raises and lowers water levels so that freshwater can be accessed by southern parishes.

"You will have erosion and you will have erosion at an accelerated rate because of the rising and the falling," says Fontenot.

Fontenot says that there have been some dangerous cases in regards to the road and the bayou.

One case in particular revolving around a car hitting a tree and if it didn't it would have plummeted right into the bayou.

"We've looked at putting in sheet piling and that's a very expensive...anything solution we look at is going to be very expensive...to the tune of over $1 million dollars," says Fontenot.

Fontenot says this has led to many short-term solutions and implementing as many warning signs as possible.

"As you can see it's very well marked with deleniators, objects markers. Added stones on the front of this slope along the Bayou Teche itself. Broken pieces of concrete is what's applied to help prevent the erosion along the bank," says Fontenot.

The road sees heavy traffic with school buses and large trucks but Fontenot says it's not the end of the world if the road is closed soon.

"It's between a bridge that crosses Bayou Teche and 190 where there's a bridge that crosses Bayou Teche," says Fontenot.

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