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Sinking of Bayou Chene barge to be completed Wednesday

Posted at 12:24 PM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 13:29:10-04

The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority says that the barge has arrived at the Bayou Chene project site.

In a Facebook post, CPRA shared a video of the barge making its way to the location where the sinking process will begin on Wednesday. That sinking will take place over 8 hours but should be completed by today, according to the post.

The barge, once fully submerged, will act as a flood gate to keep backwater flooding from entering Assumption, lower St. Martin, and St. Mary parishes.

The plans to sink the barge were made in preparation of the scheduled opening of the Morganza Spillway on Sunday, June 2.

U.S. Army Corps: Request to open Morganza Spillway approved

For more on the installation of the barge: How does sinking the barge help with flooding?

The Coast Guard closed off boat traffic in Bayou Chene in preparation for the barge installation. On Tuesday, workers began drilling the large pipe piles into place, so that the barge can be tethered to them and not float away.

The video of the barge’s arrival and installation can be viewed below: