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Historical Settlements

Historical Settlements

"Allemands- Named for the Germans, became Des Allemands; Ama—Named for the daughter of Alice Plantation owner means “to love” in Greek); Bayou Gauche-Gauche means left or left- handed. Bayou Gauche is the left and smaller fork of Bayou des Allemands; Boutte-Named for Tisaphane Boutte and his son, J. L. ..." Read More

(Source: New Orleans District U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers Report on Hurricane Betsy, September
8–11, 1965)

Emergency Preparedness

"St. Charles Parish has a full-time staffed Department of Emergency Preparedness (formerly the Civil Defense Office established in 1977). The late John M. “Ikey” Lucas served as director of both. He remained in the post until 1996..." Read More

It works! The spillway opens in 1937.

Bonnet Carré Spillway

"The Bonnet Carré Spillway is just one element of a comprehensive U.S. Corps of Engineers flood control plan in the Lower Mississippi Valley. The construction of the Bonnet Carré Spillway not only provided employment to thousands of workers but ultimately “put Norco on the map.” Unfortunately, Delhomme, Roseland, Hermitage, and Myrtle Land plantations, as well as many residences and family cemeteries, fell victim..." Read More

Mississippi River Levees

Mississippi River Levees

"Everywhere sluices in the levees were used to irrigate the rice fields. With high water the saw mills on the banks of the river were also put to work… the rich fruit and vegetable gardens on the Cote des Allemands were impressive … believed that the Germans still supplied the capital (New Orleans) … Goods were transported mainly on the river, just as always. Cuming reported in 1810 that, above New Orleans, the river was ..." Read More

Flooding in Hill Heights is depicted in this 1973 view. (Photo courtesy of Fay Walker Louque.)


"Although the Bonnet Carré Spillway has controlled the waters of the Mississippi River, flooding from rainfall and tides continued to take its toll on St. Charles Parish. In the latter part of the 1900s—1973, 1989, and 1995, the parish experienced major flooding caused by heavy rainfalls. Rising tides and rainfall associated with hurricanes..." Read More

Bustard’s Cove Historical Marker. Bustard’s Cove was the site of the first east bank settlement near present-day New Sarpy at the confluence of the Mississippi River and Bayou LeSeur.

Bustard's Cove - L'Anse aux Outardes

"In 1722, hurricanes devastated the German Coast and many Germans considered leaving. In order to prevent this exodus, Governor Bienville conceded lands to the Germans on both sides of the river. Later that year and in 1723, a few of the French and German concessionaires moved across the Mississippi River and established the first..." Read More

Hurricane Katrina had a devastating impact on the Zion Baptist Church.

Hurricane Katrina, 2005

"Hurricane Katrina had a profound effect on St. Charles Parish and the entire region. Life changed dramatically after the storm and did not return to “normal” for quite some time. Many citizens evacuated and did not return for weeks or in some cases months. The event was front page news locally and across the nation. Local author Patrick Yoes published his personal Hurricane Katrina experiences in a book entitled..." Read More