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Barry impacts Delcambre shrimping industry

Posted at 6:28 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 19:31:54-04

Delcambre felt the impacts of Barry in the form of flooding and scattered debris. Typically in a hurricane, the commercial fishermen in town would have seen some positive impacts as well, but that isn't the case with this storm.

Driving through Delcambre, you'll see Barry left his mark everywhere.

"We had trash floating through here, a Jet ski, a couple of boats that passed through. I mean the water got up to our hips," shrimper Lawrence Billiot said.

For the one part of town that sometimes benefits in a hurricane, Barry wasn't strong enough.

"A category four our five, it'll push the seafood in. So, it takes all that salt water in the gulf and pushes it in. The more salt we got, the better chance we got in the ground having a little bacteria and the shrimp to survive," Billiot said.

With freshwater from the Mississippi inundating the gulf this spring, the saltwater Barry brought up isn't doing the trick for Delcambre's shrimping community.

"You gotta have at least 15 to 20 percent for shrimp to survive in saltwater, so you gotta have 15 to 20 percent of salt. You ain't got that, the shrimp is leaving us," Billiot said.

The storm was so strong it took this shrimper's roof yet too weak to help his business.

Still, his outlook is brighter than most.

"A roof don't mean nothing. Life means more than a roof. It could have took the whole house as long as it doesn't touch my grandchildren," Billiot said. "I like Barry. Barry didn't kill nobody."