St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Mississippi River Levee Update 4

Mississippi River Levee Update 4

Saturday, May 14 – 3:30 pm

Top administrative staff from the Office of Emergency Preparedness and the Sheriff’s Office are in daily communications with the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the Pontchartrain Levee District, and the Lafourche Basin Levee District monitoring the river water levels.

As of today, the river gauge in the Mississippi River at Reserve indicated a water level of 23.4 feet. With the Morganza spillway open, the National Weather Service's contingency forecast  is for the river to crest between 25 and 28 feet in Reserve May 23-24.

Currently, there is NO FLOODING IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS in Reserve, but there is flooding within the levee system. The only areas impacted by the current flood stage are marine and industrial sites along the river.

Levee inspection teams from the Pontchartrain Levee District, the Lafourche Basin Levee District and Sheriff’s deputies are patrolling the levees looking for deficiencies, seepage, and prohibited digging within 1,500 feet of the levees. Unauthorized vehicles are prohibited on the levees.

Please be reminded of the US Corps of Engineers’ Restrictions:

  • No digging activity and/or subsurface work of any kind is allowed within 1,500 feet of the levee centerline. This includes, but is not limited to pile driving, excavation and trenching.
  • Driving on the river levees is prohibited.
  • Biking and walking on the levee are discouraged at this time due to safety concerns.

Thank you for your cooperation. Please stay tuned to Channel 15, St. John the Baptist Parish website, and the news media for updates.