About two dozen need rescue in Plaquemines Parish

Aug 29, 2012

State officials say about two dozen people were stuck and in need of rescue on the east bank of Plaquemines Parish.

Louisiana National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Kazmierzak says evacuations there are beginning. He says reports are sketchy but he's heard there are "quite a few people on a levee waiting to be rescued."

Kevin Davis, director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, says the parish's east bank has seen flooding of four to nine feet across 18 miles. He says a levee was overtopped and then breached by scouring. On the parish's west bank, Davis says there are concerns of another levee being overtopped and then scoured like the east side. That area is nine miles south of Belle Chasse.