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Officials say backwater put strain on levee and caused breach

This is one of nine problem areas reported. There is no flooding at this particular breach. This is one of nine problem areas reported. There is no flooding at this particular breach.
(Source: Lafourche Parish Government) (Source: Lafourche Parish Government)
(Source: Lafourche Parish Government) (Source: Lafourche Parish Government)
(Source: Lafourche Parish Government) (Source: Lafourche Parish Government)
(Source: Lafourche Parish Government) (Source: Lafourche Parish Government)
THIBODAUX, LA (WAFB) -

Officials in Lafourche Parish declared a state of emergency Monday night around 7:00 p.m., after a homeowner discovered a levee breach in the Belle Terre are of Choupic.

Backwater from Ascension and St. John parishes were to blame for extra strain on the levee.

Maria Granier said her brother-in-law was the one who found the breach. She says he heard water gushing and went behind their homes and found water pushing through. They immediately called for help.

Parish workers used sandbags to stabilize the levee and continue to monitor the area for more weak spots.

Granier said the levee was put in years ago. Had it not been there, she says, the whole neighborhood would have been underwater.

But down the road from that subdivision is a different situation. One homeowner has boots airing out on a fence and sandbags stacked on the driveway. He's also using a water pump to put swamp water on his property back where it belongs.

"It's still coming up. Three of four more days with this hot sun, it's going to have a smell back here," said Albert Boudreaux.

Boudreaux and his neighbors are tired of seeing backwater from Donaldsonville, Labadieville and Napoleonville push in to Choupic.

"This guy was shooting snakes," Boudreaux said, pointing to a neighbors home. "He killed three or four around his pond, to keep them from going to the house."

Boudreaux says the problem is because they have no levee protection. He says across the street there is a levee. But they are the only ones with no pumps, no drainage, nothing.

"It's up to the Corp of Engineers and the parish to get together. Somebody got to do something, they know the problem," said Boudreaux.

Don Edwards, the parish public works director, said there is no project in the works to put a levee there right now. He said it would disturb the wetlands, which would be a challenge to get permits.

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