Plaquemines Parish works to plug hole in levee
NEW ORLEANS - Plaquemines Parish spokesman Michael Powell says crews are working to plug a 5- to 8-foot hole in a 4-foot-high levee protecting the Myrtle Grove subdivision before floodwaters can reach the parish's main highway.
He says the houses themselves are not in any danger because they're built 12 to 15 feet off the ground. But he says that if winds and high tides push water from Barataria Bay to Louisiana Highway 23, the southern half of the parish - including the parish hospital - would be cut off.
North of Lake Pontchartrain, the homeland security director for Tangipahoa Parish says about 50 people had to be rescued from a trailer park and nearby neighborhood because of floods from the remnants of Hurricane Patricia.