St. Martin

May 10, 2011 10:46 AM by Shawn Kline

Stephensville Prepares for Flooding

Residents in lower St. Martin Parish are preparing for the worst.
Piles of sand can be found almost everywhere in Stephensville. Quincy Toups says he was making the fourth trip of the day, filling his truck with more than 400 sandbags. He's praying for the best, but preparing for the worst.

"I'm expecting the house to flood," Toups said. "Just going to get everybody out of here."

He's like hundreds of other residents in lower St. Martin Parish. Everyone, going over their flood plan.
Parish President Guy Cormier says in this area it's not just rising rivers they're concerned about.

"The problem we're going to have is actually backwater flooding," Cormier said.

The water in Stephensville is already getting too high for comfort. The Bayou Milhomme normally flows south toward the Gulf but today, it's flowing north and the water is rising. Residents say if the Morganza Spillway is opened, it could be one of the worst floods to ever hit the area.

"From what I understand, it could be anywhere from 1.5 feet to five-feet in here," Craig Perkins said.

Perkins says he has heard horror stories about the flood in '73 and now he's being told this flood could be worse.

"The flood itself is going to be bad." Perkins says, "if you get a lot of rain on top of that then this whole place will probably go under."

Many in Stephensville, planning to evacuate. But they say they're going to do all they can to save what they have right now.



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