A car drove into a Metairie canal Tuesday afternoon, at least the fifth vehicle to do so since April.
A woman driving her car eastbound in the 3500 block of West Esplanade Avenue veered into the canal about 12:30 p.m., said Joseph Greco, the superintendent of Jefferson Parish’s East Bank Consolidated Fire Department. Firefighters arrived to find the woman already out of the vehicle, said Greco, who was not aware of any injuries in the incident.
Greco said he did not know what may have caused the mishap. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office did not reply to an email seeking comment.
Tuesday’s incident occurred in the same stretch of canal where authorities recovered the body of 33-year-old firefighter David Yeomans on April 10. Yeomans had last been seen at work April 5, and he was declared missing April 9, the day before someone saw his truck half-submerged in the canal and called first responders.
On June 1, another vehicle ended up in the canal along West Esplanade Avenue. Bystanders helped first responders rescue the driver, who was not seriously injured and whose car stopped just short of entering the water.
A pair of accidents occurred in stretches of canal elsewhere in Metairie. On April 14, Elizabeth Braddock, 32, lost control of her SUV while driving near Clearview Mall. She and her daughter died after the vehicle crashed into the canal at Veterans Memorial Boulevard and Clearview Parkway.
On April 29, an SUV plunged into a stretch of canal on West Esplanade Avenue near Toby Lane. A woman and her daughter were rescued.
Officials have initiated talks about installing more crash barriers along canals in Jefferson Parish, which has 340 miles of unprotected canals. But the work could run into the millions of dollars, and no funding source for such a project has been identified.