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May 25, 2011 11:28 PM by Shawn Kline

Water finds its way into Morgan City homes

Leo Vining, like many in Morgan City has his own boat for fishing. But today, it's his way of getting to work.

"I'd have never thought," Vining said. "The same road I've used for years and years ever since I got a drivers license, now I'm driving a boat down it."

As he navigates his way to work, Vining passed by another group of people shuffling through the water.

"This is a road!" One of them said. "People drive down here, we have businesses down here."

The original bank of the Atchafalaya River is 100-yards away from this conversation, yet the river's water fills their boots with two feet of water.
Not only is the water in their boots, but it's also seeping into homes on the west side of the flood wall.

"We were here Friday." Jessica Hotard says, "there was minimal amount of water in (my paw paw's) yard, now it's in his house about two inches."

Hotard is with her paw paw, Robert Hemel, surveying the flooding in his home.
Inside, even more water than they expected.

"Oh, it's coming up fast," Hemel said in surprise.

Now, all he can do is wait.

"Maybe sometime next month if the water drops," he labeled as an expected move-back date.

I asked, "But right now the water's not dropping huh?"

"Not now." He said, "not right away."

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