Assumption Parish experiencing flooding issues due to high river levels

Source: National Weather Service
Source: National Weather Service

ASSUMPTION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The combination of high water along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers, along with several inches of rain in the last week, has led to flooding issues for parts of Assumption Parish.

While most spots along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers crested Sunday, June 4, levels are only undergoing a very slow fall. Elevated levels along the Atchafalaya in particular create backwater flooding problems for a number of parishes, including Assumption. For example, the Atchafalaya River at Morgan City crested a little over 7 feet last week, but has only seen levels fall about one-tenth of a foot over the last 4 to 5 days.

As the water continues to rise, it is a race against the clock in Assumption Parish.

"Here as well as south of Napoleonville, the water is up and has several roads with water on that road," said Assumption OEP director, John Boudreaux.

Water from the Mississippi and Atchafalaya backing up to Lake Verret combined with heavy rainfall is spelling big trouble for residents. The rising water closed a handful of roadways Monday evening and continues to inch dangerously close to homes.

"We been sandbagging for the last four days just trying to help friends and family just to get everything out," Jeremy Hebert said.

As ducks marched across South Bay Road it is hard to tell what is bay and what is road as residents work tirelessly to protect their homes.

"It was a lot worse than what it is now but thank God for this little weather we had," Hebert said. "It kind of slowed down a little bit so it's not as bad."

Over on Bell River Road, things are bad. Carol Aucoin says too much rain and her bed and breakfast could be overtaken. The flood already forced her to make cancellations.

"I've had to cancel the rest of June because I was told the water's going to be very slow in receding," Aucoin said.

In 2011, officials sank the barge at Bayou Chene and neighbors now say had it been done this year, the high water would not be an issue.

"In 2011, we didn't have this situation and that leaves us very concerned," Aucoin said.

Troy Landry saying while nobody's to blame-- something has to be done.

"It doesn't make sense and I'm really upset about this," Landry said. "You know you can't predict that kind of stuff but we can do something about this highway. This state highway is what gripes my behind. There's no reason we got to put up with this."

Additionally, much of the region has seen 3 to 6 inches of rain or more in the last week, exacerbating the flooding problem. The bad news for those dealing with backwater flooding is the rivers will continue to fall at a snail's pace over the next couple of weeks, so it may be awhile before the backwater flooding subsides.

Click here for Belle River levels near Pierre Part.

According to Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director John Boudreaux, the following roads are closed due to high water:

  • Attakapas Landing
  • Bayou Crab Rd. (Hwy. 400) at Canal Rd. (Hwy. 401) to the Bayou Crab Bridge (at the boat launch)
  • North Bay Rd.
  • North Belle River Rd. (Goddell Rd.)
  • South Bay Rd.

Boudreaux says flooding concerns are for areas surrounding Lake Verret.

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