Terrebonne Parish is getting a head start on hurricane season by declaring a state of emergency.
Parish President Gordon Dove signed the emergency order on Thursday, a week before the start of the 2023 hurricane season.
The declaration is based on the potential threat of flooding because of a four-mile gap in the 98-mile levee system that reaches from Morganza to the Gulf of Mexico.
The gap extends from Marmande Ridge in Dularge to the Intracoastal Canal, and is one of the last stretches of the levee system to be completed.
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