Feb 18, 2010 7:05 PM by Jon Carrere

Mogan City Residents Not Worried About High Water

Diane Martin lives in the Wilmore Home, the oldest house in Morgan City.

She's lived there on and off for 20 years.

The house is right around the corner from the Freret St. flood wall.

"I really don't pay that much attention to it.  It doesn't scare me.  I've lived here for so long," says Diane Martin.

She says high water on the other side of the flood wall is nothing new in Morgan City.

The Atchafalya Basin always reaches it's highest levels this time of year.

With extra water potentially coming to town, Martin says closing the flood gate is the smart thing to do.

"Doesn't hurt anything to have it closed, rather than at the last minute having to go around and close all the gates."

Carl Kraemer witht the Morgan City Office of Emergency Preparedness says there is no cause for major concern at this time.

He says the "trickle down" of midwestern run-off won't affect the city for several weeks at the earliest.

"We just hope by that time the waters down here already receded some to be able to take some of that capacity," says Kraemer.

The walls will remain closed indefinitley.

If it comes, the water overflow could last a few months.


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