PLAQUEMINES PARISH BACK LEVEE BREACH
Plaquemines Parish, LA – At approximately 11 a.m. today Plaquemines Parish Government was notified of a private levee breach that was worsening near the Phillips 66 Refinery in Alliance (Bayou Side) that was most likely caused by Hurricane Harvey.
The location of the breach is on private property, and the Cormier Administration immediately began seeking the requisite permissions to enter the private property and implementing a plan of action. Plaquemines Parish Government Employees were immediately notified of the incident and began assessing the damage. This is not the first instance in which this private levee section has failed.
The cause of the breach is due to the tidal surge of Hurricane Harvey and is estimated to be 50-75 feet wide. The nearby Wilkinson Pump Station is manned and operated.
As of 3 p.m. today the breach does not pose a flooding threat to any residences or LA Hwy 23 near the Refinery. The site of the breach is remote and not easily accessible. Because access is only via the private levee system, weighted vehicles can further weaken the private levee system. Plaquemines Parish Government staff along with the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office Staff are actively monitoring the situation.
We will keep you posted on the situation as more information becomes available.