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Jindal discusses coastal restoration project in Cameron Parish

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CAMERON PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Gov. Bobby Jindal along with local officials stopped by Cameron Parish on Monday to discuss a shoreline restoration project east of Holly Beach.

"What you're seeing here is really the state's effort to protect our people, to protect our property from the next hurricane and from coastal erosion," Jindal said.

The $45.8 million dollar project is funded entirely through the state. The project will add approximately 1.9 million cubic yards of sand from federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico to the shoreline. The project will also help protect La. 82/27, the parish's only east-west highway and one of the main routes for evacuation.

"If we don't restore this land, that tidal surge, that damage, all that wave action not only comes through Cameron Parish but ultimately gets to the wetlands, the wildlife refuge and ultimately gets to the people of Lake Charles as well," Jindal said.

With upcoming job development expected to hit Cameron Parish, Jindal said he wants to be prepared.

"This is going to have a huge impact," Jindal said. "Tens of thousands of jobs, tens of millions of dollars in capital investment coming, we have to have sustainable development. We need to be planning ahead for housing, schools, roads and the other impacts. We want those folks to build houses, we want that to be sustainable growth in our economy."

The shoreline restoration project is overseen by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana, which was created by the state after hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 to oversee all coastal and flood control projects.

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