Breached levee prompts evacuations in northeast Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS- Officials say reports of a breached levee prompted evacuations in a rural northeastern Louisiana community, but residents are being allowed to return to their homes after flooding was less severe than expected.
Caldwell Parish Sheriff's Deputy Jack McKeithen says the department began evacuating residents in rural Hebert after receiving word Sunday evening that a levee was topped and 2 to 4 feet of water could be headed for the area.
McKeithen said that after authorities realized several hours later the influx of water would be far less severe, residents were allowed to return to their homes.
Richland Parish Director of Homeland Security Dawn Williams told The News-Star the Richland Parish jail was evacuated as a precaution.
McKeithen says Hebert is a community of between 1,500-2,000 residents.