Data Shows Ascension Parish Levee Overtopping Not Expected

Staff reports

Data received from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Weather Service based in Slidell shows no overtopping of Mississippi River levees anticipated in Ascension Parish, according to parish emergency management officials.

Ascension Parish Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Rick Webre said the parish’s emergency management advisory committee consisting of multiple agencies, held a meeting this morning concerning levee strength and increasing river levels.

He said three levee districts, which include the Lafourche Levee District, the Pontchartrain Levee District, and the Atchafalaya Levee District, along with the Corps of Engineers, are reporting no deficiencies in the Ascension Parish Mississippi River levees at this time and that all are functioning as designed.

Webre said the elevation of Ascension Parish levees range from 38 feet to 47 feet and projections from the National Weather Service place the crest at 36 feet on the afternoon of May 22.

He said back water flooding on our inland waterways, as well as flooding of homes or roadways is also not anticipated.

“Our local governments and responding agencies in Ascension Parish are diligently monitoring this situation and are committed to keeping the residents of Ascension Parish safe and informed,” Webre said.

The Army Corps of Engineers and the three levee districts are enforcing the following restrictions effective immediately.

-Do not disturb the surface or dig within 1,500 feet of the levee.

-No vehicular traffic is allowed on any part of the levee system.

If you see this activity, please contact the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at 225-621-8360.