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May 18, 2011 11:23 AM by Melissa Hawkes

Farmer Loses Thousands of Acres of Land to Flood Water


The rising water is slowly taking over thousands of acres of farmland. The state estimates 18 thousand acres of crops will be lost, including two thousand acres of George Lacour's land.
He owns the land surrounding the Morganza Control Center, it's typically dry and flourishing with crops.
It been passed down in the Lacour family for five generations--long before the threat of flooding. He said the only other time water's covered the land was in 1973.
He explained, " people didn't realize it would ever happen. In the 19 40s and 50s and 60s there was nothing, so we never thought this would happen."
It took years for some farmers to recover when the Morganza was opened for the first time in 1973. The gates being open for a second time makes him wonder about the future of farming in the spillway.
He said, "when you look at water you think what is going to be left. How much damage and distress is going to happen to the land with water racing on it."
He leases three thousand acres of land outside of the spillway. He said harvesting that farmland is the only thing that will help him survive this season.
"This was going to be a good year for Louisiana farmers," he said. "Prices were good and people were excited."
He said this disaster doesn't discourage him. After the water dries up, he'll be back out farming the land again.

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