The Mayor of Walker, Louisiana, Rick Ramsey, stated Tuesday that the current flooding in his city was “man-made” and announced plans to file suit against the state of Louisiana and the federal government.
According to Mayor Ramsey, a six-foot tall, concrete barrier was built along I-12 when the interstate was expanded last year. This barrier, essentially put the city of Walker “into a bowl.” This barrier is preventing water from draining out of Walker and is the main cause for the massive floods.
“When the Amite River went up, it hit that wall,” Ramsey said. “We have video evidence that shows the concrete barrier and water lapping over the north shore of the interstate and bone dry on the south of the interstate. They basically built a dam for Walker.”
Ramsey also stated he imagines many insurance companies will want to join the potential lawsuit, as they are now facing billions of dollars in claims for what he believes is negligence on the part of the state and federal government.
“I’ve been begging them for three-and-a-half years to give us more drainage under the interstate,” the mayor said.