History:
The East Jefferson Levee District was created in 1979 by action of the Louisiana State Legislature. The action established 29.52 miles of Flood Protection Levees for the East Bank of Jefferson Parish.
   
Mission:
The East Jefferson Levee District maintains and operates the flood protection levee system around the East Bank portion of Jefferson Parish to protect the citizens of East Jefferson from tidal flooding of Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River. The East Jefferson Levee District insures the integrity of the levee system throughout the year and maintains a high state of readiness with adequately trained personnel and sufficient operational equipment.
   

Levee System Detail:
The Hurricane Protection Levee System consists of 10.36 miles of Lakefront earthen levees and floodwalls, 2.83 miles of earthen levees and floodwalls on the eastside of Jefferson Parish along the Orleans Parish line (the East Return Levee), and 4.81 miles of earthen levees and floodwalls along the westside of Jefferson Parish along the St. Charles Parish line (the West Return Levee). There are 11 floodgates throughout the system.
The Mississippi River Levee System consists of 11.52 miles of earthen levee ranging in elevation from +26.4 feet, mean sea level at the St. Charles Parish line to 25.4 feet mean sea level at the Orleans Parish line.
   

Operations:

The East Jefferson Levee District consists of 3 Departments Administration with 5 employees, Maintenance with 32 employees, Police with 18 post-certified officers for a total staff of 54 employees. There is also a Reserve Police Unit consisting of  post-certified officers.
   

Maintenance:

The East Jefferson Levee District Maintenance Department duties include emergency operations during flood fights on River & Hurricane Levee Systems, mowing, inspection and repairs of levees, floodgate structures, and equipment and operation and maintenance of maintenance facility and administration office.
   
Emergency Operations:
Maintenance emergency operations include having emergency supplies and equipment on hand and ready for use, have sandbags filled, make gap and floodgate closures, emergency repairs damaged during the storm, and clean up of storm generated debris.
   
Police:
Police operations include maintaining the security of the East Jefferson Levee District property and flood control facilities, maintaining and performing pedestrian and traffic control of levees, maintaining and performing levee inspections. During emergency situations the Police Department monitors the coordination with State and Local Police Agencies of floodgate closings and sandbagging of gaps at highway crossings, and insuring the status of gate closings during emergency conditions.
   
Financing:
The Levee District is authorized to collect a 4.01 millage on properties in East Jefferson. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East for the East Jefferson Levee District has set the millage at 4.01 effective the 2015 tax year and presently collects $8.8 million from the ad valorem taxes. Funds are placed in CDs at local banking institutions to earn interest on the investments. The funds are liquid and are accessible for construction of levee improvements.
   

Because of the expertise of the Levee District staff and the leadership and business oriented goals of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East, the Hurricane and River Levee System of the East Jefferson Levee District are considered by Federal and State authorities to be in excellent condition and has consistently received the highest rating in all levee inspections.