- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - It’s been more than five year years since Hurricane Gustav’s 155-mph winds ripped off the roof of the old Sondra Barrios Building in Raceland which housed the parish’s emergency operations center.

In the years since, Parish President Charlotte Randolph says the parish has moved down the road to the Mathews Government Complex and had two security bunkers installed behind the building.

Randolph tells The Courier (http://bit.ly/1ikeWo2 ) the parish council is now paying $56,000 to Quality Engineering and Surveying to do design work for a new Operations Center Safe Room Project.

The two security bunkers will be moved to Lockport and Thibodaux.

The bunkers are not drilled into the ground, Emergency Operations Manager Chris Boudreaux said, because their weight holds them in place.

Though they were never put to the test, one bunker was meant to serve as an office, while the other held cots for emergency personnel to rest.

Resting isn’t something that comes easy when riding out a hurricane the magnitude of Katrina, Rita, Ike or Gustav, Randolph said.

Randolph said the new safe room will be “expensive,” though it will be partially paid for with grant money. The cost won’t be available until engineering is completed.

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Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com

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