- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employee says it appears no permit was issued for a sewer district to build ponds that have prompted complaints about flooding near Hammond.

Robert Heffner works in survey and enforcement for the Corps. He tells Daily Star (http://bit.ly/29pdtOR ) there should be a wetlands permit for the sewage treatment ponds that were built on about seven acres starting around 2011.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sewer District built the ponds, adding to existing ones.

Heffner investigated after Bryan Sanders, who owns a farm, filed a complaint. Heffner says he was told the district could not find paperwork for a permit.

Sanders says his farm is losing value and he believes the newer ponds, with levees, are interrupting the historic flow of water and causing flooding.

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