Plumbing problem forces evacuation of Tangipahoa Parish Jail

Plumbing problem forces evacuation of Tangipahoa Parish Jail

AMITE CITY, LA (WVUE) - Failing infrastructure at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail has prompted local leaders to band together to resolve a problem without taking extreme measures to evacuate the prison.

Joint efforts between Tangipahoa Parish Government and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office have crews working around the clock to resolve a plumbing problem.

"What our crews have accomplished over the last few days, including around-the-clock days of digging into the underground system of pipes, is sadly just a band-aid to a much more serious issue," Parish President Robby Miller said.

The governor's office helped with the evacuation by providing Louisiana National Guard equipment, like a kitchen.

Miller and Edwards said they have developed a plan to resolve the issue and transition the dated prison facility to more modern plumbing standards.

"It's going to take time, and it's going to take money," Miller said, adding that these are dollars that will come directly from the parish's general fund.

The jail houses approximately 560 inmates at capacity.

It is unclear where the inmates are currently being housed, or when they will be able to re-enter the facility.

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