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Angola inmates fighting floods

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Posted: May 22, 2011 6:36 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: May 22, 2011 6:36 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Angola, River, Floods, Prison, River, Water

ANGOLA- Inmates at the state penitentiary are working day and night to ensure the prison stays dry as waters there reach their highest levels ever, according to Warden Burl Cain. That hasn't stopped the prisoners from continuing with their everyday life.

"We still have to manage this farm and take care of livestock so prison is still going on inside of this levee as you can see this is a bowl and it would flood deep deep and we wouldn't even be able to get on the roof the roof would be under water," said Cain.

Inmates moving sandbags across the 18,000 acre property are working fervently to protect the land they call their home.

"It's prison for those on the outside, but it's home for those who stuck here this all we got, I got a life sentence I'm never leaving I'm gonna be here for the duration, why not try and make it better," said Darren Jarvis, an inmate at the prison.

Warden Cain said they'll have to wait until waters recede to ensure it's safe for nearly 2,000 inmates, who were evacuated, to return.

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