Posted: May 12, 2011 6:18 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: May 13, 2011 3:10 AM
Governor Bobby Jindal says if the Morganza Spillway is opened, a refinery in Krotz Sprins will be forced to shut down. A new levee is being constructed to protect the Alon Refinery and residents. "Just waiting and hoping and praying," said Angel Guillory. Guillory has lived in Krotz Springs all her life, and like other residents, she is waiting for the water, hoping the levees hold, and praying for the best.
That is now in the hands of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who has started building a second levee for Krotz Springs. "This levee will be two miles long," said Mayor Carroll Snyder. The new levee will protect about 250 households vulnerable to rising waters, as well as the refinery. The Corps of Engineers is using a layer of Visqueen tarp underneath crushed asphalt, then they are going to wrap it and place sand bags on top, raising the area to 28 feet above sea level. Guillory says, "I feel more secure with the levee they are building now than the one that is already existing."
A similar levee was built in 1973 and was successful in protecting homes. Once the levee is complete then the waiting begins to see if this time tested plan works again.