AEX Relocates Homeowners - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

AEX Relocates Homeowners

Posted: Updated:

ALEXANDRIA AIRPORT - Forty thousand flights per year, 26 take-offs and landings per day, and continuous military activity--that's what goes on at the England Airpark.

It's convenient to have an international airport right here in Alexandria, but it can create a problem for those who live a little too close by.

When Alexandria airport officials first contacted Debbie Boudreaux and her family about moving, they had a strong response.

Debbie Boudreaux: "We said no. We went to the meeting at the England Authority and we said no, this is our home, and we've lived here since 1967. We're not giving up anything. And the noise, the noise never really bothered us."

But that noise from planes flying low overhead is exactly why the England Authority offered to move Boudreaux's family, as well as almost 200 of her neighbors. And although they were initially reluctant, eventually, Boudreaux and her family agreed.

Boudreaux: "As the houses came down, we threw our hat into the ring, and that was a little over a year ago."

It's part of a noise mitigation program, federally funded at AEX for the last four years. Nearly 40 million to date, and just this week another 7 million dollars was granted for the project.

Dudley Hixson, project coordinator: "The federal government purchases their property, and moves them to an alternate residence at government cost."

Dudley Hixson says, so far they've bought almost half of the properties of the 194 homes in the surrounding "noise zone"--the area where airplane noise levels clock in at 75 decibels or more. But Hixson says, homeowners don't have to go anywhere if they don't want to. Participation is 100 percent voluntary.

Hixson: "People now understand we're not out to take anything for free."

Debbie Boudreaux grew up in this neighborhood, got married in this house, and raised her family on these acres. But now, she's moving on, settling into the idea, she says. A decision that's now given her peace and quiet.

Boudreaux: "We kind of decided, it's just a house. It's just a shell of a house. Home is right here. We have our new homes out there. So we're excited."

Project coordinators say they're waiting on federal approval for a new soundproofing program, as an alternative to moving homeowners.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Leaked Putin remark on Ukraine enrages Russia

    Leaked Putin remark on Ukraine enrages Russia

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:15 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:15:04 GMT
    MOSCOW (CBS News) -- A Kremlin aide on Tuesday sharply criticized EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso for breaching confidentiality when he quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying Moscow could take over Kiev in two weeks, if it wished.More >>
    MOSCOW (CBS News) -- A Kremlin aide on Tuesday sharply criticized EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso for breaching confidentiality when he quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying Moscow could take over Kiev in two weeks, if it wished.More >>
  • Man arrested in connection with Cottonport armed robbery, multiple school lockdowns

    Man arrested in connection with Cottonport armed robbery, multiple school lockdowns

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-08-30 02:50:42 GMT
    COTTONPORT, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - A Marksville man turns himself in to Cottonport Police following an armed robbery to an individual.More >>
    COTTONPORT, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - A Marksville man turns himself in to Cottonport Police following an armed robbery to an individual.More >>
  • New meaning to "Labor Day" at the Zoo

    New meaning to "Labor Day" at the Zoo

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:50:30 GMT
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- Staff at the Alexandria Zoo are hard at work on Labor Day.The zoo is always open on the holiday. But, a couple of the exhibits need some extra care.That's because they're celebrating a different kind of "Labor Day" - the birth of several new baby animals.More >>
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- Staff at the Alexandria Zoo are hard at work on Labor Day.The zoo is always open on the holiday. But, a couple of the exhibits need some extra care.That's because they're celebrating a different kind of "Labor Day" - the birth of several new baby animals.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KALB. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.