Boom tops BR levee

POSTED: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 8:52am

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 3:53pm

East Baton Rouge Parish is moving forward with plans to protect downtown Baton Rouge from the rising Mississippi River. The Department of Public Works says they’ve purchased miles of boom from the Kenner, La company, Tiger Dam. They began installing the boom from Hollywood Casino to the new bridge on Wednesday.

These are the same bright orange tubes used to keep oil away from Venice and Grand Isle in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill.

This time, the boom is filled with river water and anchored to the levee, adding up to 18 inches of height to the levee system.

The boom will remain in place until the Mississippi River levels recede. Trains will not be allowed to use the railroad downtown until the boom is removed.

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