Part of Baton Rouge levee opens as river falls
BATON ROUGE- Part of the Mississippi River levee is reopening to pedestrians and bicyclists in downtown Baton Rouge.
Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden closed the levee May 13, as crews put sandbags and other flood-control devices in low areas because record high water was expected.
Since the river began falling, crews have removed them so the downtown section north of the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino could reopen Saturday.
City-Parish Chief Engineer Jim Ferguson says the remaining levee top between the casino and LSU will reopen to foot and bike traffic sometime next week.
Holden says city-parish forces also deserve credit for their effort to remove the flood-control equipment after the river began falling so the downtown levee could reopen to the public Saturday.