Levee 'overtopped' in Plaquemines Parish, La

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 12:28pm

UPDATE: Plaquemines Parish officials are coordinating with officials from St. Bernard Parish, GOHSEP, the National Guard, Coast Guard, State Police, the US Army Corps of Engineers and other state agencies to rescue stranded residents on the east bank of Plaquemines Parish from Braithwaite to Whiteditch. The back levee along that area has been overflowing with water since earlier today. Up to 12 feet of water has filled that community from the back levee to the Mississippi River.

Rescue efforts are now in progress. Local residents are rescuing other residents at this time. Our main concern now is to successfully rescue all residents from the affected area. More information will be sent out as it becomes available.

ORIGINAL - Officials in Plaquemines Parish are reporting an overtopping of a levee on the east bank from Braithwaite to White Ditch.

This overtopping will result in significant deep flooding in the area, the National Weather Service said early Wednesday.


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