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Small levee is breached near Myrtle Grove Subdivision

Aerial photo of the breach taken by PPSO helicopter this morning around 10 am (Source: Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office) Aerial photo of the breach taken by PPSO helicopter this morning around 10 am (Source: Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office)
PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA (WVUE) -

There is currently a small breach in the levee system near the Myrtle Grove Subdivision.

Plaquemines Parish Government personnel were in the process of closing the breach Monday afternoon. Officials said flooding from the breach does not pose a threat to LA Highway 23.

The water is flowing into a large pasture between the subdivision and the shooting range. The Myrtle Grove Subdivision is located outside of the levee protection system.

Crews are continuing their surveillance and assessments of the rest of the levee system.

The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office sent a statement Monday evening. It reads, in part:

"As of 4 pm, only a few low lying areas in the Parish have received flooding.  We have not received any complaints of water making its way into homes. Water levels in the Myrtle Grove Estates subdivision have reached 4 feet deep.

Members of the Sheriff's Office are assisting Parish Government officials in closing the breach.

The PPSO will be monitoring water levels throughout the night, as well as provide extra patrols in the affected areas.  The Louisiana DOTD has staged equipment in the event water covers LA Highway 23 and traffic has to be diverted; however, at this time it does not appear it will be an issue.

We ask that anyone who observes unsafe conditions or suspicious activity to immediately report it to the Sheriff's Office by dialing 911."

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