Louisiana’s levee plan concerns Mississippi leaders

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann told the Sun Herald he’s worried a new levee in Louisiana could place low-lying areas of South Mississippi in danger because water would be pushed toward Hancock County and other Coast areas.

He said he’d spoken with residents in Pearlington and south Hancock County after Hurricane Isaac in 2012. They recalled their experiences of watching the water rise in those low-lying areas, which were also hard hit by Hurricane Katrina and other storms. The new proposals in Louisiana, which began to make news early this year, give Hosemann pause about what storm surges could do to the Coast if those plans are carried out.

“These people have overcome so much,” he said. “We simply cannot put them at risk. This is not a question to me. There simply cannot be any levee structure that would increase the probability of increased water in Mississippi.”

Sun Herald
5/4/13