Vehicles not permitted on levee

POSTED: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 4:48pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 4:49pm

Here in Baton Rouge, the river is expected to crest in less than two weeks - now, the Baton Rouge Police Department is stepping up their patrols to make sure the levee stays intact.

The Mississippi River keeps rising. Tonight, it sits close to 42 feet, and it's still climbing.

That's the reason the Baton Rouge Police along with the Pontchartrain Levee District are working together to keep all cars, trucks, and SUVs off the levee. The crest is expected in less than two weeks. And Baton Rouge Police Chief Charles Mondrick says the levee needs to stay strong.

“You have stress of the water coming up on the levee system and then vehicles driving could cause serious problems,” he says.

Now, people who want to see the Mississippi Rising will see barricades on the street, and police patrolling the levee.

“Any kind of walking or driving on the levee it can hamper our efforts and what we're here to do is protect the community,” Jim Ferguson, East Baton Rouge Department of Public Works, said to NBC33 News.

Chief Mondrick says he's ready to put officers on the levee around the clock if that's what it takes.

“It really doesn't matter how big of a job it is we're at the point now where we have to do what we have to do to protect this community,” he said

Something he says will be very obvious to anyone who drives to the levee.

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