Deputies patrol levee and river

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputies are now on the levee and in the Mississippi River for security reasons.

The forces are in place due to the current conditions associated with the rising waters of the river and potential flooding.

Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said he's going on advice from Gov. Bobby Jindal. The deputies will make sure no one is driving on the levees or up to no good.

"I am in total agreement with Governor Jindal's assessment of our current situation on the river," Gautreaux said. "Based on his assessment and advice, I am instructing our deputies to maintain a presence on the levees and in the water with regular patrols."

Gautreaux said additional resources are ready to assist if needed. He will meet with other parish, state and federal officials of Friday to discuss current conditions, future forecasts and response needs.

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