NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Members of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East issued a reminder today for the public to exercise caution while near the Mississippi River and lakefront levees.
Due to high river levels and an influx of water from the Bonnet Carre Spillway, the levee officials say there is the potential for wildlife to be displaced from their natural habitats. Additionally, they say current weather conditions promote the buildup of debris along the river batture and lakefront. The debris line shelters many animals, some that could pose a potential danger to citizens utilizing the levees. SLFPA-E officials have received reports of feral hogs on the levees and water moccasins in the debris lines. The officials have asked the public to exercise caution while near the levees and never approach dangerous wildlife.
SLFPA-E Regional Director Bob Turner said, "While we always encourage the public to exercise caution while near or on the levees, we would like the public to be particularly aware of the potential for dangerous wildlife due to high river levels, the spillway opening, and current weather conditions. The public is advised to report all sightings of dangerous wildlife on the levees to the respective levee district authorities."
To report the presence of dangerous wildlife, contact the Orleans Levee District Police at (504) 283-9800. In St. Bernard and East Jefferson, dial 911.