The Hickey Levee 1876 Apr 4
THE FLOOD. A Dangerous Break in the i. Killllcen's Bend Levee. The Hickey Levee. , . " ; s At an earry hour on Monday morning a dangerous break occurred in the Milli - ken's Bend Levee, a few miles above Vickbburg, in Madison parish. Neither, the members of the Levee Company nor. fhe Board of Engineers, apparently, re - reived full details ef the catastrophe; but it is learned that the crevasse extended through the front and. back levees. - The stream' is said to be about fifty feet wide and five feet in depth ; but it is thought that the crevasse can be readily closed. " Mr. John McGinty, contractor, left for Milliken's Bend yesterday evening with material for closing the break and a large force of laborers. He also telegraphed to the contractors at other points to concentrate their forces at the bend. Under date of April 3d, 4:45 P. M.. B. McNamara telegraphs from Vicksburg to Mr. John McGinty as f olio ws : " Will cend lumber and 1000 sacks to - morrow. Capt. Hughes (contractor) goes to the bend this evening. Break bad ; yon had better come up." There will probably be received to - day full particulars. , . Telegrams relative to the matter were sent North yesterday and caused the price of cotton to vary slightly. ' With regard to the Hickey Levee, the following communication has been received : - The Hickey Levee. , ., This dangerous locality is now admitted to be threatening a recurrence of the calamities of 1667 and 1874. The levee is washing into holes, and as the aides become steeper and steeper they cave in, running rapidly deeper into the heart of the levee. The inhabitants of that neighborhood have been ruined by the crevasses of former years, and very many plantations have been abandoned and are tenantless. The few tenanats remaining, if left to themselves, are powerless. - .) A moderate expenditure now mignt prevent incalculable loss, and aa all matters of importance must have a commencement and a systen of operation, I make this suggestion, which those inter - e6ted.will understand, and I hope appreciate : t I have addressed a communication to Mr. Michael Schlatre, Jr.. of Bayou Jacob, in whom I have full confidence, asking that he will examine .the levee and report to me what he considers necessary to be done for its safety. This information will Ve given to the . public If he will undertake to give the matter his attention, the best disposition possible will be made of the means at his command, and a satisfactory account rendered. I will give him all the assistance in my power, and as it is not convenient or to be expected that we could apply in. person, I would request all who are interested and willing to contribute to the expense of the repair, preservation and guarding of this levee to address me on the subject at their earliest convenience, stating their views. Edward J. Gay. New Orleans, April , 1875.