Ascension flooding blamed for levee breach
CHOUPIC- North of Thibodaux, on the route to Vacherie, crews had to plug a leak in a levee, blamed on rising water in parishes closer to Baton Rouge.
An emergency declaration was issued even though the leak was quickly repaired. The leak was located on a levee off Highway 304 that blocks water from the Lafourche Basin. The basin is higher than usual because of recent rain and winds that have blown water into the area.
Lafourche Parish Department of Public Works sandbagged the weakened levee, too.
DPW believes flooding in Ascension and St. John parishes put extra strain on the levee, causing the breach.
Crews are monitoring the situation and inspecting the area. Once the water goes down, engineers will decide on a permanent repair.
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