Group also pledges regional cooperation in getting additional flood protection in the region
Parish presidents and mayors from across the region, both northshore and southshore, are voicing support for the construction of a floodgate for the Rigolets, which officials say could protect about seven parishes from flooding in the Lake Pontchartrain basin.
The floodgate is included in the state's coastal plan which the group supports.
The group of leaders is promising regional cooperation in getting more flood protection, as some areas in the region got hit worse by Hurricane Isaac than they did by Hurricane Katrina.
At a press conference Tuesday, the group also urged the Corps of Engineers to speed up funding for a variety of flood protection projects.