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Residents call for levee protections in LaPlace

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Posted: Sep 4, 2012 6:23 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Sep 4, 2012 6:23 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: LaPlace, flooding, levee, Corps, of, Engineers

LAPLACE - Six days after thousands of people in St. John and St. James parishes were plucked from their homes due to rising flood water, dozens continue to question why they had no warning.

As Isaac slowly rolled in Robin Wolf and her family sat inside their LaPlace home watching the water rise, wondering if they should leave or if it was too late.

"We didn't have any kind of warning. No one said anything," Wolf said today, standing in front of a mountain of debris outside her home. "We listened to the radio. There was nothing on the radio about St. John Parish flooding. And then my kids came outside and we saw water literally coming up the driveway. Everyone was so focused on New Orleans and the low lying parishes, we never got any kind of warning that LaPlace was going to flood at all."

She's one of many calling for more levee protection from Lakes Maurepas and Pontchartrain. Others disagree, and say levees will only add to the problem.

"They always said [LaPlace] was high and dry area which it is, and I've often said, about flooding coming this way. And leaders always said, 'no the train tracks are built up right there, that's what keeps it from hitting LaPlace," Serena Taylor said. "But that water has so much force, and you'd have to go so high with levees. Who's to say how high is high enough?"

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wouldn't interview and instead sent a prepared statement to News 2 dated from three days ago. It said, "Extensive modeling of the [storm surge barrier] was completed prior to construction, which demonstrated that the structure caused insignificant unintended consequences."

Click here to read the Corps' full statement.

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