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Steps taken to prevent flooding in downtown BR

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Posted: May 12, 2011 7:23 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: May 12, 2011 7:23 PM
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BATON ROUGE - Flooding concerns caused officials in Baton Rouge to shut off some traffic lights and take other measures downtown until the water recedes.

Traffic signals on River Road at Hollywood Casino, the State Capitol and River Park were turned off today and will function at four-way stops.

Massive sandbags were also put on top of storm drains near the Hollywood Casino. The Department of Public Works says when the Mississippi gets higher than 44 feet water backfills into the storm drains and onto the road.

Jim Ferguson with DPW says about a foot of water was also drained out of Capitol Lake to provide more room for floodwaters.

The train tracks downtown on the levee will also be closed starting Friday. The last Canadian Northern train will run early that morning.

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