Alon says Krotz Springs should be safe from flood

HOUSTON Mon May 16, 2011 11:03am EDT

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HOUSTON May 16 (Reuters) - Alon USA Energy (ALJ.N) said on Monday its 80,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Krotz Springs, Louisiana, refinery should be safe from flood waters because of new levees built in the past few days to protect the plant.

"The existing and new levees and secondary layers of protection should do the job," said Alon Chief Operating Officer Joseph Israel in an email. "It is amazing what this wonderful group of people can do together."

Alon employees, Louisiana National Guard soldiers, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Krotz Springs residents have been working for about two weeks to build new levees around the town. (Reporting by Erwin Seba)