- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) - A new levee board created to build flood protection projects in St. Tammany Parish is meeting for the first time Wednesday.

The nine-member commissioners board of the St. Tammany Levee, Drainage and Conservation District will meet in Mandeville.

Nola.comThe Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1Bu0MJK ) that the board is made up of gubernatorial appointees from communities throughout St. Tammany.

The board, set up by the Legislature this year, will function as other levee boards do in Louisiana - looking after the parish’s flood control needs. As a political subdivision of the state, it has taxing authority.

“This is the beginning of a new chapter in our flood protection history and I am ecstatic to see the process unfold,” said Parish President Pat Brister. She said St. Tammany’s needs for floor control needed “vocalization.”

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