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Remote-controlled aircraft to survey levees

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THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - South Lafourche's levees will be viewed through an unconventional eye in the coming months.

Levee District Director Windell Curole (KYOOR'-ohl) tells The Courier (http://bit.ly/1qNHd6Q) the district is in the early stages of working on an agreement to have its levees inspected by unmanned drone equipped with a camera operated by a local company.

The 48-mile levee, which protects southern Lafourche from Gulf of Mexico storms and tides, is 16 feet at its highest points and 13 feet at its lowest.

The district's levees are surrounded by a mixture of salt marsh, fresh marsh and open water in some spots. Curole said it's necessary to regularly inspect the levee and its footprint to judge if wave action is eroding the levee's toe and to look for other problem spots.

Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com

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