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May 11, 2011 9:08 PM by Shawn Kline

Is your town a flood risk?

Many viewers and readers on KATC.com have wrote to us asking, "Is my home town at risk?"

For those concerned residents, the bottom-line is found in the answers of two questions: do you reside within the Atchafalaya Basin? And... are you protected by a levee?

In St. Mary Parish, Parish President Paul Naquin says the only town currently at risk is Amelia.  Morgan City, Berwick and areas to the east are protected by levees and flood gates.

However, Naquin says if there is a high tide during this flood period, Morgan City, Franklin and Baldwin could see higher than normal water levels.


In Iberia Parish, officials say NO townships or homes are at risk. The only areas in Iberia Parish within the Atchafalaya are house boats and camps.


In St. Martin Parish, officials say residents in Butte LaRose, Belle River and Stephensville have a STRONG possibility of seeing significant flooding and residents in those areas should remain on alert.

All other areas should remain dry and protected by levees.


In St. Landry Parish, Parish President Don Menard says Krotz Springs, Melville and residents along 3 Mile Lake could see backwater flooding. That means those areas, while protected by levees, could see the water come around them as the basin levels rise.

All other areas in St. Landry Parish including Port Barre and Arnaudville should remain dry. 


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