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Rising river has residents remembering flooding event 33 years ago

10 months 6 days 22 hours ago March 12, 2016 Mar 12, 2016 Saturday, March 12 2016 March 12, 2016 4:22 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brett Buffington & Hunter Robinson

BATON ROUGE - Rising water on the Amite River has some residents in Denham Springs concerned. They remember an event in 1983 that flooded homes.

Then, the river crested at around 41'. Following this week's wet weather, it will crest at 39', just 2' lower than 33 years ago.

Mike Dickerson is packing up his family home along the Amite River.

"I've got to make it out before the road comes over," he tells News 2's Brett Buffington. "It's rising faster than normal."

Dickerson's neighbors are also preparing. Many on his road have raised homes, but in numerous neighbors potentially in the path of the rising river, there are concerns about how high this water will go.

"When it's flooding, it's peaceful, it's quiet, it's just a serene place to leave," he says. "Is it worth it? It used to be, but as I'm getting up in age, it's getting harder."

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