Sandbags placed on levee at North Street
BATON ROUGE - Ten thousand sandbags were placed on the levee at North Street in downtown Baton Rouge today to prepare for heightened river levels.
A crew of about 40 stacked the sandbags four to five feet high in areas where the levee dips.
The low points are about 47 feet, and the city wants a level of 51 feet as a precaution.
Two miles of the levee will also be reinforced with new tube barriers filled with water, which will add another foot-and-a-half to the top of the levee.