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Levee where part of Henderson road collapsed last rated as "minimally acceptable"

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Henderson, La. -

Crews on Thursday evening were still working to repair Henderson Levee Road, where the state Department of Transportation and Development says a levee failure on Wednesday caused a portion of the road's southbound lane to collapse.

Restrictions were in place on oversized loads and regular traffic was reduced to one lane on the area just south of the Henderson Highway,. As of Thursday evening, crews were still working to repair the road.

"It's going to be a little hardship for a while, but it's at a point now it has to be corrected and corrected properly," Mayor Sherbin Collette told KATC on Thursday afternoon, noting the collapse caused the road to drop off by two feet.

Corps: Levees imperfect, but should still function

KATC Investigates reviewed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers records and found the levee segment on which the road is built was rated as "minimally acceptable" during its most recent inspection in 2015.

That means, according to the Corps, that one or more aspects of the levee was found to be deficient, but engineers determined those deficiencies "would not prevent" the levee segment "from performing as intended during the next flood event."

Including the portion beneath Henderson Levee Road, there are segments of five levee systems within 10 miles of Henderson, and all of those segments were rated as "minimally acceptable" in their most recent inspections, according to the Corps.

Those segments include parts of these levee systems, as identified by the Corps: West of Atchafalaya Basin (last inspected in 2015), Krotz Springs Ring Area (2011), the Morganza Floodway (2016) and the Mississippi River West Bank system below the Morganza (2015).

An outright "unacceptable" rating would note a "serious deficiency" that would stop the levee from working during a flood.

Henderson-area locals have complained about the levee's conditions in recent years. Read more on that here.

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