Meeting Iberville Parish overflow 1874 Apr 28
'l - Parish af Flaooemiaee. I ThcfollowiDST noia from Baraa settie-. ment. in Plaquemines, wiU bo found t to contain much of interest : J - .- Bcbas, Parish of Plaqubminks, ? . AprU an, 1874. J 2Ir. Editor-' The front levees in the lower portion of this, parish have re aisted the freshet; yet the entire rice crop in the settlement -of Buras is destroyed.' Thia results from the fact that no levee protection, ia afforded below Fort Jackson. The river flows unobstructed over-its -natural banks at this point, and floods hundreds of acres of tbe most -valuable 'lands in the State lying above it. In some instances, that portion of the orange groves adjacent to the, rice fields have also been to some extent submerged; However, as this has occurred. on several - former occasions, and as no bad effects have ever resulted, there seems no uneasiness manifested by the owners of thia extremely valuable property; . 1 he large draining windmills 'of which we have five now in full operation) made a desperate and almost euooessf nl fi&ht with the rushing torrents. For four days l bey drove back the unprecedented tides, ana protected the crops. . The w iters, however, finally rose above and flowed over the rear embankments. A general enbrncrston and destruction of everything ensued. -w. , .- j When the river subsides almost every acre of .rice lands in this 'part of the parish will be replanted, and the pros-pecta are that the farmer will yet he lolly repaid for his additional labor, vexation' and expense'. ' a. f. i MeeUa in Iberville r aria su j , We are in receipt of .the minutes of a meeting held at Plaquemine on the 25th inst., for the pnrpose "of taking action with reference to the overflow and .its reeults. Mr. M. Schlatre in the chair, and Mr. E. Goursier, Secretary. Mr. Mo-Williams reported the previsions received ud distributed by him, and the committees of relief and distribution called to his assistance, as follows : For tbe Grosse Tete country Messrs. Willie Barron, Henry R. Slack, Roman Usigre. Dan'l Carr, Edgar Bargas. ! Above Plaquemine Michel HebCrt, Michael Schlatre, Wm.. Martin, C. jW. Keep. ! ' Bayon Plaquemine and Grand River John A. Dardenne. James Preston, t -' St. Gabriel District Henry 8. Brownei' Chas. A. Brusle, Felix Roth, Chas. po-. merger. ' , Town of Plaquemine T. E. Grace, J. S. Brown, Geo. Holmes, John Foster, Gainer, Pay ton. Mr. Grace reported the operations of the Relief Committee in foil, including tbe supply of twelve hundred people with provisions. i ' The meeting then went into a consideration of the question, of utilizing the idle labor and the supplies then being furnished for the purpose of reconstruct, ing and repairing the levees. ; Sentiment was wholly in favor of the plan, and the following resolution waa unanimously passed: - - ' 1 ! i Bewlred, That the Chairman of this meeting be requested to confer with the Louisiana Levee Company with a view of aaceitaining whether a company of tbe citizens of tbe parish, duly incorporated, could obtain the oontracts for bni ding all of tbe levees of the parish, and those of .West Baton Rouge affecting it, ss a means of utilizing the idle labor, and of securing the greateetand speediest security against snoequen overflows. ' After confirming the appointment of the committees above named, the meeting; ajouined. .