Crews ‘overshot’ Bayou St. John water levels before closing valves

Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 10:27 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2022 at 11:28 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Several Bayou St. John residents woke up to an unpleasant surprise Wednesday morning.

Rising water levels in the bayou on Sept. 21 resulted in yards and properties alongside it flooding.

“When water levels are low, FPA-East crews can either open valves to slowly let water into the Bayou or open the sector gate to quickly fill the Bayou. The FPA-East crew that was recently letting water into the Bayou via the valves, overshot the target level but has since closed the valves,” Flood Protection Authority Director of Engineer Chris Humphreys said.

The water levels began returning to normal after noon.

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