Posted: Jun 6, 2011 5:51 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Jun 6, 2011 6:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- The downtown levee in Baton Rouge could be open soon, as Department of Public Works are beginning to remove the Tiger Dam system used to protect against possible floods.
Workers will take up to ten days to completely drain, remove and store the system before the levee can be opened to pedestrians again.
"I'm glad that they're taking it down because I run on the levees so it'll be nice to have that open again, but I mean the water is still high so I understand why they kept it up this long, but I'm glad it's gonna be open again," said Laura Handschumacher, who was spending the afternoon downtown.
The system will be stored and kept in case of future use. It was purchased by the city for about $300,000.
"Since 2008 we've had three high waters where it's gotten to flood stage or above, so we're starting to see a little trend this is something we can implement in the future if need be," said Jim Ferguson, Chief Engineer at DPW.
DPW will only open the portion of the levee between the bridge and the State Capitol area, the rest of the levee is operated by the Pontchartrain Levee District and would be opened independently.