Posted: May 16, 2011 4:40 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: May 16, 2011 6:56 PM
PIERRE PART- People living in Assumption Parish aren't taking any chances with the possibility of backwater flooding.
Hundreds of residents spent the day sandbagging and building personal levees around their homes.
Elected leaders say the water is predicted to reach 2.5 feet in some places.
"Right now we are in the pre-planning stage," State Representative Karen St. Germain said. "We know it's coming. It isn't if, but when."
People like Geraldine Gros received help from inmates filling sandbags. Gros spent the day loading sandbags into her truck to line the perimeter of her house.
"We're hoping for the best and praying," Gros said. "We don't want to lose anything. We are just trying to get the water out of our way."
Noeline Richard has lived in her home for over 50 years. She knows all too well what might happen, now that the Morganza Spillway is open.
"In '73 it came in my house," Richard said.
Aside from sandbagging, some people are also constructing levees around their homes to prevent backwater flooding. Residents told News 2, they paid thousands of dollars for it.
The water from the Morganza Spillway is expected to start flowing near them in the next few days.