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Sand bags available for Stephensville-Belle River residents

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Posted: May 9, 2011 6:25 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: May 9, 2011 7:42 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: sand, bags, flooding, Stephensville, Belle River, residents

STEPHENSVILLE, La- Some people in Stephensville, in Saint Martin Parish, are piling sand bags to protect their homes. Despite a notice to self-evacuate, some people say they don't plan on leaving, others say they're waiting for the water to rise.

With help from family, Wayne Rink started bagging sand two days ago. He's lived in Stephensville for nearly four decades and has seen his share of high water.

"We do this about every three or four years. This isn't my fist rodeo," Rink said.

While Rink bagged his own sand, others waited in line for more than an hour, to get sand bags from the parish.

"I made three trips here on Sunday. This is my first trip here today but it will not be my last trip today," Kathy Lane said.

According to an inundation map released by the Corps of Engineers, Stephensville could get up to 15-feet of water if the Corps opens the Morganza Spillway.

Parish officials are scheduled to meet with residents to discuss potential flooding tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Stephensville Elementary School.

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