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Donaldsonville residents find creative ways to boil crawfish despite contaminated water

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With unsafe levels of chlorine dioxide found in Donaldsonville tap water, some found creative ways to boil crawfish for Good Friday. 

At Midway Grocery, they started working at 4 a.m. washing, boiling, and seasoning 1,000 lbs. of the bright red mudbugs. 

Rather than city water, however, they were forced to use dozens of 5-gallon bottles of water, which slowed down the process. 

"You got to do with what you do," said Ed Robicheaux, one of those making the crawfish. "People are depending on you, and once you give your word as a business, you got to come through." 

Ordinarily, they could just spray down the crawfish in warm water to clean them. Instead, they had to wash them repeatedly in tubs of the bottled water. 

People purchased them by the bag-full. 

"You make do, you do what you got to do. How can you not have crawfish on Good Friday?" said customer Randy Mast. 

On Tuesday, the Department of Health and Hospitals announced that Donaldsonville water had high levels of chlorine dioxide, an EPA-approved water treatment disinfectant, making it unsafe to drink. The levels were four to five times the EPA standard. 

The DHH tested the water on Friday and an announcement is expected Saturday about whether the ban will be lifted. 

Bottled water will once again be available at the DPW building across from the Frank Sotile Pavilion at 2175 Thibaut Drive on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. 

For those wishing to boil crawfish at home, water will be distributed by the gallon at the Palo Alto Plantation on Hwy 944 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday. 

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