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May 17, 2011 10:59 PM by Maddie Garrett

Deputies Patrol Flood Waters for Safety, Looters

A mandatory evacuation at Three Mile Lake in St. Landry Parish has left the area almost empty, except for a few, including Sheriff's Deputies who are patrolling the waters.

Robby Sweeny isn't packing up, he's building up protection around his home with sand bags and raising up equipment and a generator.

"This is my dream home, my retirement home and I'm going to stay with it," said Sweeny.

He's one of only a few residents staying behind to ride out the flood at Three Mile Lake, which is expected to rise five to 10 feet in the next few weeks. Sweeny said he won't leave unless he loses all power or runs out of water.

"I can't control it, so let's make it an adventure, see what happens. As long as nobody is in danger," said Sweeny.

Even though most people will evacuate or have already left the Three Mile Lake area, the waters won't go unwatched. St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Deputies will be patrol there 24 hours a day.

"We are patrolling the areas that we've asked the people to leave. The areas that are evacuated, we're protecting their assets," said Sheriff Bobby Guidroz.

Sheriff Guidroz not only worries about looters but the safety of anyone staying behind or trying to return to their homes.

"We're going to be on the water, we're going to be on the roadways. We're going to be ready to do what we have to do to help people," he said.

With over 40 deputies assigned to patrolling flood waters Sheriff Guidroz said they're prepared for the long haul, even if it's several weeks before residents can return home.

"So we're going to be out here as long as it takes," he said.

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