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May 16, 2011 6:24 PM by Mike Magnoli

St. Landry Evacuees

A few stubborn people we met say they'll ride out the flood. Meanwhile we checked in at some hotels and motels in Opelousas and there is a lot of availability.

"Well it depends on what the prices are, we are trying to be good to people, our rates aren't changing and we've been getting a good flow of em," said Jan Huffman.

Huffman is the manager at the Opelousas Super 8. She says right now she has about 30 evacuees from Krotz Springs and Melville. She's cutting her guests a break during this flood event.

Leighton Stelly is an evacuee from Krotz Springs: He says he has pets and most motels don't allow them, so he's going to stay at a camp ground.

"Me my girlfriend four dogs and a cat."

And John Boudreaux and his wife Mary finally got their turn with a friend's trailer. They're heading out a-s-a-p.

"Last load tonight," John tells us.

Mary adds, "I told my husband I don't care about the trailer, if we can't get it, then forget our stuff so long as we get out."

At news time we are waiting on word from parish officials about shelters- when they'll open. We know of one here in St. Landry, possibly one to open in St. Martin: They'll be staffed by the Red Cross, but it's on officials to determine the time-frame.



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