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Grosse Tete residents watching for back-flooding

4 years ago May 09, 2011 May 9, 2011 Monday, May 09 2011 Monday, May 09, 2011 8:45:43 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ashley Rodrigue

GROSSE TETE-  All the water from the Morganza Spillway has to go somewhere. Some in Iberville Parish worry it will end up in their backyards because of back-flooding.

"I always take pride in telling everyone I was born and raised on the banks of Bayou Grosse Tete," said Grosse Tete Mayor Michael Chauffe, "I'm 59, be 59 years old this year, I have never seen the water out of the banks of Bayou Grosse Tete, but there's always a first."

Chauffe says that's been keeping the town talking. The chatter is that the Morganza Spillway could turn the sparkling waters into a strain on the Village of Grosse Tete.

"I'm definitely concerned about the high water situation we may get here," said Councilman Richard David, "But I don't think that we're really in any danger."

But David Crain's wife disagrees, since their house is on the bayou.

"She asked me to bring the boat underneath the carport so we could quickly evacuate if we need to but I really don't see a concern with that," he said.

Because neighbors say despite the last use of the Morganza, they haven't flooded.

"The worst that they've see was in '73," said Crain, "It was about three feet from the top of the banks and we don't anticipate near that happening."

"I'm not worried," said Florence Chauffe, "I'm not a bit worried. I don't think the water is going to come to Grosse Tete."

That comes from the mayor's mother, who also lives on the bayou, and recalls her father's memories of the 1927 flood, when there was a levee where she lives now, protecting the town from the bayou.

"He said that saved Grosse Tete and I've always thought about that," said Chauffe, "I say, well, even though the levee's gone, I'm not that worried."

The mayor still wants people prepared for anything. And leaders from across Iberville Parish will meet with the parish president and emergency officials Tuesday afternoon to get their preparation plan in sync for potential flooding.

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