What We Do

Protecting What Matters Most

The St. Mary Levee District works daily to monitor and maintain the 120+ miles of levees and flood walls as well as numerous flood control structures.


  • Monitor for problems
  • Vegetation management
  • Levee Repairs
  • Patrol for damage and trespassers

Flood walls

  • Monitor for problems
  • Repairs of gates, seals and mechanical parts of gates

Flood control structures

  • Operation and maintenance
  • Monthly checks on all systems
  • Monitoring for obstructions and issues


  • Throughout the year the system is inspected to be sure it is ready at any time for any threat
  • Staff members are trained inspectors

There are different types of inspections throughout the year.

  • Quarterly inspections (Conducted by District staff, reported to USACE and CPRA)
  • Annual inspections (conducted by The District, Local Municipalities, Parish, USACE and CPRA)
  • Periodic inspections -Every 5 years-(conducted by District staff, USACE, and CPRA)
  • Pre and Post flood event
  • Daily (during flood fight events that the Atchafalaya River is above 5’)
  • As needed

Emergency Preparedness

The District is always on alert for any possible threat to the system.  This is an on going and constantly changing part of what the district does

  • Emergency plans for any event. This is constantly and rapidly changes depending on time of year and seasons.  Rain events, south winds, snow melt, tropical systems etc.
  • Testing of flood control structures
  • Monitoring conditions from river stages to tropical formations
  • Advise local officials
  • Direct flood fighting activities throughout the district.  From temporary levees, sand bags, Hesco baskets, Bayou Chene closure etc.

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