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Sheriff tours St. Mary Parish flooding by air

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Posted: May 27, 2011 6:27 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: May 27, 2011 6:36 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: baton rouge, st. mary parish, atchafalaya river, river watch, helicopter, wbrz, louisiana, flooding

BATON ROUGE - Authorities in St. Mary Parish feel much better about their flooding outlook after taking an aerial tour today.

News 2 flew with Sheriff David Naquin as he checked out water levels and backwater flooding along his stretch of the Atchafalaya River.

Naquin said many campgrounds are still high and dry, and that the color of Lake Pelourde is also a good sign.

"The dark cloudy water is moving up the bank," Naquin said during the flight. "That's obviously coming out the river, so when you see that clear water that's usually an indication that you're in better shape than you thought you were."

Naquin also credits the barge sinking at Bayou Chene for stopping a lot of backwater flooding in places like Gibson, Amelia and Stephensville.

"The back water in the Franklin area is really, really in good shape. We have a lot of room there. Our basin levees have 5-6 feet still showing so unless we have some major problem we should be ok," he said.

Naquin said he felt like the worst has come and wasn't as bad as expected, but admitted they still had a ways to go.

"We think it's gonna be another three to four weeks before this water gets out of here, but we're ready for it," he said.

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