Louisiana levee plan concerns Mississippi leaders

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Associated Press

Posted on May 5, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Updated Sunday, May 5 at 3:36 PM

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says he's worried a proposed levee in Louisiana could place low-lying areas of south Mississippi in danger of flooding.

Hosemann told The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/11LNDqb ) that he's concerned about a proposal being considered to build a 24-foot barrier levee near Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana.

The plan is one of several under consideration to protect St. Tammany Parish, La., which is just across the state line from Hancock County, Miss.

Garret Graves, chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana, said officials are aware of the concerns Mississippi officials have and there are no plans that would harm Mississippi.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant asked Hosemann to study the issue ahead of discussions with Louisiana officials.

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