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Mississippi River threatens electricity in Pointe Coupee

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BONANZA LANDING - Pointe Coupee Electric leaders thought as many as 350 homes and camps could lose power before the end of next week because of the rising Mississippi River.

That number dropped to about 50 homes and camps late Friday afternoon, according to Joseph Cotten, Jr., the general manager of the company.

Cotten tells News 2 rain upstream on the Mississippi means water that could rise above power lines, creating the danger of electrocution.  That is why workers plan to shut electricity off in low-lying areas, possibly before the end of next week.  It could be off for ten days to two weeks.

Today, water crept over the road to Jim Odom's camp.  He's stayed without electricity before.  Since he doesn't own a generator, he is getting out of the area early.

"It's kind of a hardship on you," Odom said.  His truck bed was full of grills, chairs, and other items from the downstairs portion of his camp.

Odom has seen floods at his camp every year for 30 years, but December is an odd month for him to see rising water.

Normally, the Mississippi rises in the spring.  Right now it was the highest many had ever seen it in May.

Cotten believes water levels will be much lower when water crests, sometime around December 19.

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