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Levee reopens in downtown Baton Rouge

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Posted: Jun 11, 2011 6:20 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Jun 11, 2011 6:20 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: River, Levee, Downtown, Flood

BATON ROUGE- A portion of the Downtown Levee is now open again to pedestrians and cyclist. The levee river walk was closed while high water threatened Baton Rouge and to prevent accidents near flood protection equipment. Dozens of people returned to the levee Saturday to revisit the river.

"It's good to be out and enjoying nature again and the biggest river in the United States, one of the three or four largest rivers in the world, it's beautiful, we enjoy it walking on the levee and watching the water flow by," said Larry Massey, who was visiting the levee.

While the levee was closed for nearly a month, many folks visiting thought it was a prudent decision to protect the levee.

"I think it was a good idea to shut the levee down not only because of the dangers it presented to the residents of Baton Rouge but there's a lot of history along this levee that could have been endangered by the rising waters," said Shea Welford, who walked the levee with family.

The portion of the levee south of the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino to Oklahoma Street is still closed, but DPW workers expect that area to reopen sometime next week. The portion of the levee south of Oklahoma and near LSU is operated by the Pontchartrain Levee District and would open independently.

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