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May 13, 2011 6:43 PM by Jenise Fernandez

Couple Leaving Krotz Springs


"In case the water gets too high, I don't want to wait until the last minute and find out I can't get out," said Dale Ellis.

Dale and Kathy Ellis live just feet away from 3-mile lake in Krotz Springs worried about flood damage, they're packing up everything and staying with friends out west.

"We moved away from here in 1973 when it flooded and waited 38 years to come back and been here four months, now we've got to move again," said Dale.

After the flood in 1973, Dale and Kathy moved to North Louisiana. They'll never forget the amount of water they returned to back then.

"It stayed awhile before it came down and they're saying it's going to stay awhile again. I guess my biggest concern is the structural damage, if the water stays in my house too long," said Dale.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says anyone living along the 3-mile lake could flood.

"We're told by the Corps of Engineers that they could experience 5 to 10 feet of water there," said Guidroz.

No matter the damage, Kathy and Dale call Krotz Springs call home and say they'll be back.

"It may not be pretty for awhile but we'll make it. Once my family's safe the rest of it doesn't matter," said Dale.

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