Overtopped Levee Sends LA Residents Into Attics

USA Today reports:

Mayor Tim Kerner said much of the Town of Jean Lafitte, a community of 2,000 people just outside Jefferson Parish levee protection system, was underwater. Kerner told WGNO the levees were overtopped by rapidly rising water. Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng told the station that “people are in attics in Lower Lafitte.”

“Total devastation, catastrophic” Kerner said. “This is a very dangerous situation. I’ve never seen so much water in my life. We’ve lost our school and everything … People’s lives are I believe at stake now.

Kerner said the water swept over a 7.5-feet-high flood wall protecting the town, leaving some people at the mercy of the rushing water. When the weather breaks “we are going to send an army to them,” he said.

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