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AquaDam repaired in Iberville Parish

Updated: May. 21, 2021 at 12:36 PM CDT
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IBERVILLE PARISH, La. (WAFB) - Evacuations are being ordered in portions of Iberville Parish after an AquaDam failed along Highway 75 in the Bayou Sorrel area, officials said Friday morning.

Water from the Intracoastal waterway is overtopping the roadway where the failure occurred.

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Iberville Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness Director Clint Moore says residents south of J.R. Drive in the Bayou Sorrel and the Bayou Pigeon area are being urged to evacuate immediately.

Moore says residents can take Highway 404 to White Castle and then Highway 1 to Plaquemine.

Officials estimated several hundred homes could be threatened by the incident.

The Red Cross has a shelter open at the Civic Center in Plaquemine for evacuees.

Managers at the shelter say they are in need of hygiene products, adult diapers, and individual cartons of milk. The shelter earlier put out a call for water and Rouse’s Supermarket loaded up a truck and was heading to the shelter to deliver free water from one of their nearby stores.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation is on the scene assisting in repairing the portion of the temporary AquaDam levee that was compromised.

As of 12:45 p.m. Friday, WAFB’s Rick Portier reported from the scene that workers had made significant progress in patching the break. Portier said it appeared that water levels were already starting to recede as a result.

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