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Pierre Part keeping an eye on spillway

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Posted: May 5, 2011 9:57 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: May 5, 2011 9:57 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Pierre Part, spillway, flood, boaters, camp, Morganza, Morgan City

PIERRE PART- In Pierre Part, people are already taking precautions.

"It rises pretty quickly when it starts, you know, then when people are in trouble and their homes are only a couple inches from going under water, there's really nothing you can do," said Kenneth St. Germain.

St. Germain says, at his Pierre Part store, a bin once full of Styrofoam boxes is practically empty. Camp owners are snatching them up to keep their house-boats afloat and in place.

Frank Richard checks his camp three to five times a week and says he's ready for the rising water.

"I'm in a good place. I'm on a huge hill, I'm not worried about it," he said.

Boaters on the spillway say the water level is high, but it's not a worry yet, because they know the rise is still two weeks away.

"Your levees are a lot, a very lot stronger than it was before," said Tony Coupel, "The way it is now, I mean, as you can see, all the sheet pilings, I mean, it's a whole different ball game now."

But when that water comes, Coupel says it could get up to the levee gates, at first. The worry, for some, is really for the water that could be pushed back to Pierre Part from Morgan City if the Morganza Spillway is opened.

"There will be some people in trouble in Pierre Part," said St. Germain, "We hope that doesn't happen, but I think it well."

Others say worrying is worthless.

"Is it gonna be another '73?" asked Richard, "Who knows. We'll wait and see. We'll make it through it."

Coupel said, "It's almost like a hurricane, some people take it serious, some people don't take it serious, some things you just live day by day."

On Monday, the Corps of Engineers meets with people at Stephensville Elementary to discuss what's expected and that includes Pierre Part and Morgan City.

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