LAKE ARTHUR, LA (KPLC) - Until the water falls below the level of the normal levees, it is not safe to return to Lake Arthur, authorities said.
The water level has fallen a couple inches, but is still at sandbag level and above the permanent levees, said Chief Deputy Chris Ivey, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman. The water is about 9 to 10 inches above the permanent levees.
"We don't want anybody to return because the levee could still topple over," Ivey said. "There's still a danger that something could happen."
Ivey said that watchers have been placed about every 100 yards to keep an eye out for breaches in the levees. Because some water gets through the sandbags, pumps are running nonstop.
Some breaches have happened, but so far, all have been repaired. When a breach occurs, the water has to be pumped out and more sandbags applied.
"They've got to run over there and throw ten or twelve sandbags and get the water to stop," Ivey said.
Ivey said that at one point, authorities had to dive in 10 foot of water to get the sandbags in place.
So far, the levees have done their job.
"It's been amazing to see," Ivey said. "A lot of those sandbags were filled by children and women at the community center. Thousands and thousands of (sandbags) and they did it in the pouring rain. It was volunteers filling them."