Posted: Aug 29, 2012 3:52 AM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Aug 29, 2012 3:52 AM
PLAQUEMINES PARISH, La.- Eighteen miles of levee was overtopped early Wednesday morning.
"People are going door-to-door, trying to get people out," a spokesperson told WBRZ by phone.
Just after midnight, a levee system between inhabited areas of Plaquemines Parish and marshland along the Gulf of Mexico was overtopped. The levee is about 8 feet high.
Officials don't know how many people need to be evacuated, because that area was under a mandatory evacuation order- and there's no word on how many people didn't leave.
The water is believed to be low enough were people can escape.