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State agency issues emergency rule for levees

March 2, 2019

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A state agency is issuing an emergency rule affecting levees in Louisiana’s coastal area so local jurisdictions can control activity due to dangerous flood conditions on the Mississippi River and other waterways.

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board says the emergency rule went into effect at 5 p.m. Friday.

CPRA Chairman Chip Kline says residents are urged to refrain from unauthorized activities on levees, including driving, parking, mowing, mooring or ATV use. He says the height and flow rate of the river increases the danger should someone accidentally fall in.

The rule is designed to be enforced by local levee districts and authorities at their discretion, though they are expected to coordinate with the Corps of Engineers and the state.