St. Mary Levee District Aware Of Levee Slide
The St. Mary Levee District announced on Monday they are aware of the levee slide near Charenton Beach Road. The district issued the following statment. “The St. Mary Levee District would like to inform the public that we are fully aware of the levee slide on West Atchafalaya Basin Levee near Charenton Beach Road. We have been aware of the slide since it occurred in October. It has been reported to the United States Army Corps of Engineers and is being closely monitored. It was also inspected by USACE during our annual levee inspections. Because this is a major maintenance/repair project, it is the responsibility of USACE to do the repair. It is currently in the design phase and will be repaired as soon as possible. If the repair is not made before high water, flood fighting will be done in the area to prevent any further problems. These levee slides are a common occurrence up and down the Mississippi and Atchafalaya river levee systems.
The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office is also reminding people that no motorized vehicles are allowed in the levee “right of way”. Mud riding and cutting of levee slopes, bases and crowns are oftentimes the cause of slides. Anyone trespassing on these areas will be arrested. The office asks anyone seeing trespassers in these areas to call the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s office and report it. You can call the sheriff’s office at (985)380.5500 or St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office (337)828.1960.