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Bridges damaged, flooding continues in Livingston Parish

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Posted: Jan 14, 2013 5:49 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Jan 14, 2013 5:49 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Livingston Parish, Layton Ricks, flooding, Holden, bridges, water, Lake Ponchartrain

HOLDEN - Water levels continue to rise and fall in Livingston Parish with more rain in the forecast, and it's getting harder to travel around some areas.

Bridges in the Holden area are closed for repairs. Water lifted the bridge on Frank Ballard Road and floated it several feet from its foundation. One end of a bridge near that location was also dislodged.

Heavy water continues to threaten homes in Lower Livingston Parish. Authorities says it has been in homes in Maurepas and threatening homes and businesses in Port Vincent.

Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks says he will ask the U.S Army Corps of Engineers for help determining why the flooding is taking place. Many say it is getting worse after Hurricane Isaac last fall.

Ricks says work to clear ditches and canals is ongoing. He questions whether levee work around Lake Ponchartrain is to blame for impacting other areas. Ricks says new FEMA requirements also force builders to elevate property for new homes and businesses. He says that could force water on different areas.

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