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Volunteers sign up for emergency flotilla in Pointe Coupee

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Posted: May 10, 2011 10:14 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: May 10, 2011 10:14 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Pointe Coupee, boats, volunteers, flotilla, posse, sheriff, river, levees

NEW ROADS- In Pointe Coupee Parish, leaders are counting on locals to get people out as the water rises.

The sheriff was only calling for a hundred boats and volunteers to make up an emergency flotilla, but more showed because everyone wants to support each other, if needed.

Boater Jamie Gaspard said, "These are all my friends, my family and it's just one of them things, it's the right thing to do."

"It's a point in time that we need to be realistic about the situation we have," said Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres.

And at this point, Torres says he turned to the people of the parish, and their floating transportation, because they know the area, they know each others and they care about both.

"It's a very close knit community," he said, "It's very patriotic and whenever there is a problem, our citizens are always willing to step in."

The problem now are the levees. Water flows from every drain placed on the levee to relieve pressure before the Morganza Spillway is opened to do the same. The problem then will be flooding in the spillway.

"What we're doing here with boats like this is in case of the unforeseen event," said Assessor James A. "Jimmy" Laurent, Jr., "I think things will go as planned, I think the levees will hold, but in case they don't, and the long shot that we have to do something kind of drastic, we'll be ready."

The sheriff is updating the parish twice a day on the radio. Tune to 88.3 FM at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. for those details.

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