- Associated Press - Saturday, August 8, 2015

LAKE PROVIDENCE, La. (AP) - A century-old levee that failed in the 2011 flood has been repaired, returning 10,000 acres of East Carroll Parish cropland to reliable use.

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says this is the first planting season since 2011 that farmers haven’t had to worry about losing their crop if the Mississippi River rose.

An agriculture department news release says a rededication ceremony was held Friday at the State Cotton Museum in Lake Providence.

The breach flooded 8,800 acres of farmland, dumping tons of sand and silt on corn, cotton and soybean fields. The crops were a total loss.

In 2012, the Legislature created the Bunches Bend Protection District so farmers and other stakeholders could impose a property tax on themselves to fix the levee.

The repairs were completed in November.

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