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High water threatening homes along Bayou Courtableau

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Posted at 10:34 PM, Jul 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 10:46:17-04

A few miles east of Port Barre off highway 190 is a flooded Cypress view lane. It's a sight that some who live along Bayou Courtableau say isn't usually an issue.

"Maybe three times within 45 years" Sidney Ryder says he grew up there.

Ryder says over the last week the bayou has slowly creeped up, now only inches away from he and his neighbors homes.

"it just hasn't stopped, its been climbing." He said.

We spoke with Donald Sagrera, the executive director of the Teche-Vermilion fresh water district. He says about one million acres drain into this area and heavy rainfalls from the north are to blame for the rising waters.

Which Ryder says, was expected. "We expected more water from the north."

Sagrera says they are continuing to monitor the waters. Meanwhile neighbors are hopeful the water goes down sooner rather than later.

"Wish we would get a little preparation from them, either the parish government or, let us know if they expect high waters, and where so we can take a little precuation." Ryder added.