Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser says he will be declaring a State of Emergency tomorrow, August 7, 2012 at 6:00 a.m. due to a salt wedge that is moving up the Mississippi River.
The wedge is currently moving north because of low levels in the Mississippi River and lack of rain in the upper regions on the U.S. according to a parish press release.
Nungesser will be declaring a State of Emergency as a precautionary measure and to insure that a plan is in place if the need for fresh water arises.
Parish authorities say there are three fresh water intake valves in Plaquemines Parish and officials do not plan on closing the valves in the immediate future. If the salinity of the water becomes too high, they say Jefferson Parish will allow the parish to take fresh water to the lower parts of Plaquemines Parish.
Plaquemines Parish officials are working closely with the Corps of Engineers, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board.