Backwater flooding blamed for levee breach
MATHEWS, La. - DPW crews continued to check levees in Lafourche Parish for weak spots after a breach earlier this week that officials said was due to backwater flooding in Ascension and St. John parishes.
Lafourche Parish leaders declared a state of emergency after the breach Monday night in the Belle Terre area of Choupic. DPW crews stabilized the weakened area of the levee with sandbags and are looking at plans to strengthen the levee in the future.
Parish President Charlotte Randolph said the breach was caused by strain from backwater flooding further upstream. Randolph said DPW crews will also continue to monitor all levee sections in the area.
News 2's Rob Krieger will have more on efforts to deal with backwater flooding in Ascension Parish tonight.