Boom will be placed atop the levee for additional protection

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Posted: May 4, 2011 6:32 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: May 4, 2011 6:39 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: flood, watch, Mississippi, river, DPW, water, filled, berm

BATON ROUGE - As the Mississippi River continues to rise, city leaders have made plans to place water filled protective boom on top of the levee.

The boom will run low lying sections from North Street in downtown Baton Rouge to just past Oklahoma Street south of the Mississippi River Bridge.

At a total cost of $300,000- $350,000 parish leaders said it's worth it.

"We're expecting less time to install these. You roll them out, and you fill them with river water. If we were going to use sandbags it would take about a five foot wide sand berm at the bottom," DPW's Jim Ferguson said.

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