LAFITTE, Louisiana — Workers have intentionally breached a levee along Bayou Barataria in Lafitte, according to officials.
The crews were following Mayor Tim Kerner's instructions to breach the levee as soon as the water outside the levee was one foot lower than the water inside.
Kerner said breaching the levee would relieve pressure from pumps and help drain devastated lower Lafitte, about 20 miles south of New Orleans, following the massive rainfall associated with Hurricane Isaac.
Power companies reported progress in restoring electricity to their Louisiana customers more than four days after Isaac's landfall led to more than 900,000 losing power.
Louisiana's largest power provider, Entergy Corp., said its affiliates have reduced the number of outages to 202,000 by Sunday evening, a drop of more than 40,000 for the day and well down from about 704,000 soon after the storm. The company has drawn criticism from residents and some public officials for the pace of restoration.