New Orleans, LA Levees Threatening To Break, Mar 1884



New Orleans, La., March 8. -- The water in front of this city rose 5 inches to-day, and now marks 8 inches under the high-water mark, which is the top of the levees. Two days more of a rise like that of to-day and the water will pour over the bank and into the streets of the city. The water is already percolating through the embankment in the lower part of the city. A serious break occurred in the levee at Davis Station, 19 miles above this city on the Texas and Pacific Railroad. The crevasse is said to be about 50 feet wide and very deep. One mile of the track of the Texas and Pacific Road is submerged and the trains are stopped. MR. MURDOCK, of the railroad company, is in charge of a force of men and busily engaged endeavoring to close the breach. At 10 o'clock in the forenoon a tug-boat loaded with lumber and material and a reinforcement of men left for the scene of the disaster.
Another crevasse was reported at Westwego, opposite Greenville and in the vicinity of the crevasse of 1881. Prompt action on the part of the railroad company and a sufficiency of men and material at hand checked the encroachments of the strong current through the gap and at noon reports were received that there was every prospect that the crevasse would be closed in a short time. The crevasse at Davis, however, has so far baffled the engineers, who have only been able to prevent its enlargement. The country in rear of the gap is flooding rapidly. The plantations above and below are bound to suffer more or less damage from the water coming in the rear. Some of the best plantations in the state are in this neighborhood, notably the Willow Grove of COGNOLATTI and the Louisa Place of MORRIS TASKER & Co., below, and the Lone Star of DUGAZON, FRIEDLAND of Friedlander, EDNE of Viterbo, and the ASHTON place of JOHN A. MORRIS. The break in the levee below Algiers has been repaired by the force of the City Department and the State Engineers, but other breaks are expected to occur at any minute.

The New York Times New York 1884-03-09