- Hurricane Barry, a Category 1 storm, is moving over coastal Louisiana.
- Video clips show a Mississippi River levee in Myrtle Grove, Louisiana being overtopped by floodwater.
- The flooding affects Plaquemines Parish, where a mandatory evacuation was ordered on Thursday. Other levees in the parish are also being overtopped.
- Experts are worried that other levees along the Mississippi River could also be overtopped, since heavy rains are still to come.
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Water is spilling over the top of several levees in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, which sits along the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans.
The flooding is the result of Hurricane Barry, which is now moving over the Louisiana coast. The hurricane is expected to bring heavy rain in the coming days: between 10 and 20 inches, with up to 25 inches in some isolated areas. That quantity of water will test the Mississippi River levee system, since the river is already abnormally high.
A newscast from WWL-TV in New Orleans shows the water overtopping a levee in Myrtle Grove. The clip was tweeted by meteorologist Brad Panovich; in it, water can be seen rushing over what Panovich calls a “small earthen levee” and onto land.
— Brad Panovich (@wxbrad) July 13, 2019
Plaquemines Parish officials ordered a mandatory evacuation on Thursday in anticipation of flooding. A shelter has been set up for evacuees. (The river levee system in Plaquemines Parish is not the same one that was breached during Hurricane Katrina.)
— Rilwan Balogun (@RilwanFox8) July 13, 2019
Parish officials are warning residents who did not leave earlier that now is the time to get out, since flooding could soon make roads out of the area impassible.
Neighborhood near Myrtle Grove seeing storm surge well before arrival of Hurricane #Barry.
Plaquemines Parish officials say anyone staying behind should expect limited emergency services.
— Morgan Chesky (@BreakingChesky) July 13, 2019
Point Celeste, which is also located along the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, is seeing overtopped levees as well. A back levee nearby along the Jefferson Lake Canal (which is part of a system controlled by the US Army Corps of Engineers) has also been overtopped, officials said during a press conference.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell warned on Saturday morning that the city “is not in any way out of the woods” due to the heavy rainfall still expected.
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