Miss. expresses concern about new levee

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Associated Press

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 1:34 PM

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi officials are asking the federal government to thoroughly study the potential effects of any proposed new levee construction in southeast Louisiana.

Officials in Hancock County, Miss., say they are opposed to a suggested 24-foot barrier levee that will close or partially close Lake Pontchartrain and protect St. Tammany Parish.

Mississippi officials are concerned that altering natural storm surge through levees, gates or other means will affect water levels in coastal areas.

Garret Graves with Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Department said there are projects being undertaken to protect the shoreline, but that is all that is being done right now.

Graves said the planning commission includes several Mississippians to help look for solutions that would be in the best interest of both states.

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