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Preparing for the 2012 hurricane season

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CAMERON PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agreed to pass forward the Southwest Coastal Louisiana Hurricane Protection and Restoration study to the state to take control of the study.

The study is to determine the probability of providing hurricane protection and storm damage reduction measures for Calcasieu, Cameron and Vermilion Parish.

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., said these parishes need more protection for tropical storms and hurricanes.

"The study is a necessary first step and as a delegation we have moved it forward since 2005, but the Corps stalled it and they basically canceled the entire study mid-way through because of lack of funds," Vitter said.

He said the solution to the study will "undoubtedly be a whole host of different sorts of measures."

"Including beach re-nourishment, probably some levy systems, and jetties to stop erosion and a lot of things like that," Vitter said.

The study has been going on for six years and due to the Corps putting it on hold, its cost close to $4-million in taxpayer dollars.

Vitter said now that the state has taken matters into its own hands, the study can no more forward. He said a solution has been found and the study will be completed so significant hurricane flood protection for Southwest Louisiana can be built.

"Next step is to finish out the study and as soon as possible get to work with real protection measures," Vitter said.

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