May 25, 2011 7:25 PM by Maddie Garrett

Calumet River Floods Nearby Residents

In St. Mary Parish the Calumet River is rising higher every day. The river is already at 10 feet, which is six feet above flood stage and eight feet above normal levels.

"Just about every other year we have high water, but this is the worst, this is real bad," said Lester Aucoin.

Aucoin has run the boat ramp off the Calumet River and has lived on the banks for 25 years. He says the river's bank is usually a hundred yards back from where it is today. The flooding has caused him to close his boat ramp.

"It's put everything to a stop," he said.

Aucoin said just a few weeks ago he raised his home up another two feet just in case.

"I knew it was coming, I knew," said Aucoin.

His neighbors did the same, and they also moved everything out of their house. A chicken coup sits filled with water instead of birds and a dog house floats nearby as the animals play on the water's edge.

While much is spared, many things are going under as the rivers creeps higher. One woman's car sits completely submerged, and a nearby trailer is also filling up with water. The area Calumet River is expected to rise another foot by the crest this weekend.



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