National Guard Constructs Temporary Bridge to Deliver Aid to Coastal Louisiana

A floating bridge was constructed in Lafitte, Louisiana, on Saturday, September 4, after the existing swing bridge was destroyed during Hurricane Ida days before, officials said.

The Leo Kerner Swing Bridge in Lafitte was struck by a barge as the storm made landfall on August 29, local reports said. The new floating bridge would allow police and fire services to access the Barataria side of the waterway, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said on Facebook.

Footage from Jefferson Parish shows pieces of the floating bridge moving into place in Lafitte on Saturday. “Incredible,” Parish Councilman Scott Walker wrote on Twitter, lauding the operation.

Less than an hour later, Walker said construction of the floating barge was complete. “Not quite ready to start transporting but things are close,” he added. Credit: Jefferson Parish via Storyful

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