Posted: May 25, 2011 6:21 PM by Melissa Hawkes
Updated: May 25, 2011 6:23 PM
As water continues to rise in St. Landry Parish, so does the number of deputies patrolling the area. They are concerned about the possibility of looting.
Sheriff Bobby Guidroz with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office is calling on all reinforcements to make sure homes throughout the parish are well protected.
He explained, "we've taken narcotics officers and shaved them up and given them a uniform and have them out patrolling."
About fifty deputies are working around the clock. Even though the mandatory evacuation has been lifted along Bayou Cortableau, most residents haven't returned home.
"I just want to make sure that if I was the one telling these people they had to leave, that their property is safe," he said.
There are about150 homes and camps along the Bayou Courtableau. All together they are covering 30 square miles, which equals more than 700 homes.
No homes have been looted, but Sheriff Guidroz said deputies spotted a few "suspicious" suspects over the weekend near Three Mile Lake. He said the two were in a vehicle and looked like they were casing out homes.
One suspect was arrested and the other was told not to return to the area. Guidroz hopes increasing patrols in the water and on land will prevent any future looting.