Hospitals, nursing homes brace for possible flooding

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Posted: May 11, 2011 4:44 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: May 11, 2011 4:44 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Hospitals, Nursing Homes, evaucations, rising river, Lake Palourde, Morgan City, WBRZ

MORGAN CITY - Hospitals and nursing homes in 17 parishes have submitted emergency plans with the state in case an evacuation is ordered due to rising water from the Mississippi River.

In Morgan City, workers spent the day filling Hesco baskets with dirt. Governor Jindal said during an afternoon press conference that 13,000 feet of baskets have been deployed around Lake Palourde to prevent backwater flooding. So far, workers have filled about 2,000 feet of the baskets.

Morgan City is surrounded by water. It is bordered by Lake Palourde, the Atchafalaya Basin and the Atchafalaya River.

Hospital Leaders at Teche Regional Medical Center aren't taking any chances with the possible flood.

"We've begun getting extra supplies, water, food, begun ordering that so it will arrive in the next few days or next week," CEO Butch Frazier said.

Hospital officials say they will team up with sister facilities in case an evacuation is needed. Patients in bad shape would be evacuated in ambulances and helicopters.

People living around the subdivisions where the Hesco baskets are being deployed are hoping the last ditch attempt to prevent backwater flooding will keep their homes high and dry.

"I'm scared," Mercedes Bassa said. "The water will destroy everything."

If you would like to see a full list of the 34 hospitals and nursing homes that submitted their emergency plans with the state, click here.

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