Over 100 Rescued After Levee Breaks at Louisiana MudFest

113 people had to be rescued after a personal levee broke during Louisiana MudFest in Colfax early Saturday morning.
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Over 100 people had to be rescued when a levee broke during a festival in Colfax, Louisiana early Sunday morning.

According to KALB, Louisiana MudFest was in full swing when two deputies working security during the event noticed a crack in the personal levee, which had been built by the festival owners to protect the area from the Red River.

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As soon as they started moving people to higher ground, the levee breached and the Red River started flowing into MudFest.

Grant Parish Sheriff deputies, the Louisiana National Guard and Wildlife and Fisheries agents rescued 113 people between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m., KALB reported. However, not everything could be saved in time.

“All their four-wheelers, ATVs and UTVs and cars and trucks are up on this high hill and it’s basically like a small island including one of our own. The sheriff’s office vehicle is trapped on this high island and it’s going to be there until the river goes down which may be a long time,” Grant Parish Sheriff Steven McCain said.

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There were no reported injuries as a result of the incident.

Read more: http://www.kalb.com

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