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Vandal strikes Houma pump station, attempts to floods hundreds of homes

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Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet. Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet.
HOUMA, LA (WVUE) -

A Houma pump station was vandalized on Tuesday afternoon in an attempt to flood hundreds of homes, according to Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet.

“This was an intent to harm people,” Claudet said. “They knew what they were doing and they tried to cause harm.”

Authorities discovered the vandalism on Tuesday afternoon at Summerfield Pump Station in Houma. Officials discovered the vandalism before flooding could occur.

Officials say that the vandal jumped over the facility's fence and cut power.

“They adjusted the float system. The float system is what turns on the pump that pulls the floats up higher so the pumps would not come on as the water was rising,” Claudet said.

He adds that the vandal had working knowledge of how a pump station works.

“In addition to that, they went and opened up flap gates that basically flooded the system allowing water to come in the system.”

Authorities say they have corrected all problems. They are reviewing surveillance video is hopes of identifying the suspects.

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