Northshore rivers on the rise again

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Posted on January 14, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 14 at 7:21 PM

Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
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COVINGTON, La. -- Five Northshore rivers across three parishes have flood warnings still in affect tonight because of the ongoing rain.

Most of last week’s warnings fell to the wayside over the weekend, but eyes are still on the waterways as more rainfall means rising levels.

On Monday, neighborhoods along the Tchefuncte in the Covington area showed signs of river water seeping in and flood plans remained in place from the weekend, like boats tied to trees at the edge of properties, when the parish’s waterways were at their highest.

"You notice we had a break Saturday, so that's our salvation,” said St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Director Dexter Accardo. “Once we get that break, than we can get that water down."

Also Monday, clean up from the weekend flood at Christ Episcopal School’s Early Childhood campus in Covington was underway. The main reason for the work was to make sure drains in the playground area were clear for any more of the Bogue Falaya River that may break out of its banks, like it’s done so many times before.

"We do have water coming from the river,” said head of Christ Episcopal School’s Early Childhood Campus Reina Gardner. “The river rises, it seeps into our playground and just continues to gather there until the river drops."

And while the school keeps a close eye on lower level classrooms when the water is predicted to come up, like it is now, the parish is continuing to eyeball every problem area until there are no problems left.

“We've had the (Army Corps of Engineers) from the Vicksburg office go up to the Pearl River to check the locks and make sure everything is okay there," Accardo said. "Our public works people are out there looking at our ponds and some of our drainage culverts to make sure there's no debris and then we have people out looking at certain bridges and locations across the parish."

Guests at a campground along the Tchefuncte in the Covington area had to be helped off the property over the weekend, but there still have not been any reports of flooding in homes. St. Tammany leaders say their watch over the waterways will likely go through Friday.

 

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