Guard completes levee project in Krotz Springs

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Posted: May 18, 2011 5:24 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: May 18, 2011 5:24 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Louisiana National Guard, levee, project, two miles, Krotz Springs, flood, water

KROTZ SPRINGS, La.- Hundreds of homes might stay dry thanks to a two-mile levee the Louisiana National Guard finished building yesterday. It's in Krotz Springs, La. and protects an area where people where people were told to evacuate.

Jeannette Ellis lives across the street from the levee, and plans to stay in home, for now.

"We want to be here and give them whatever we can to the Guard while we're here. I don't expect to leave my home until there's an inch of water in my yard," Ellis said.

Guardsmen started construction on the levee last week. They raced to finish the project early, but have yet to see any rising water nearby.

"We will see it in the coming days. That spillway structure will fill up and that's when the back-flow is expected in this area," Major Jason Mahfouz said.

The Guard plans to stay in Krotz Springs to monitor and mitigate any water that breeches the levee. Flood maps show the area was predicted to get up to 10 feet of water.

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