Posted: May 17, 2011 3:24 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: May 17, 2011 6:44 PM
GIBSON - Prisoners helped fill truckloads of sandbags this morning for residents in Gibson, east of Morgan City, as residents tried to protect their homes from expected flooding.
Property owners picked up dozens of sandbags at a station where inmates from the parish jail filled them 50 at a time.
Several residents that spoke to News 2 said they were putting up barriers several feet high and covering some parts of their home in plastic to try and keep water out.
One home owner said during the last hurricane an 18 inch increase of water flooded his home, so he wasn't taking any chances. The Corps of Engineers estimated the area around Gibson could receive up to five feet of flooding.
Michael Shingleton will have more on flood-fighting efforts there on News 2 at 5 and 6.