May 292011

State prison inmate crews and Department of Correction officers have been involved in sandbagging operations. The government of Louisiana announces in a press release of May 26, 2011, that prisoners in the work release program “have filled/ placed more than 538,000 sandbags to date.”

In Avoyelles Parish, the areas around Spring Bayou, Big Bend, and Brouillette are the most affected by the flood. But due to low rainfall amounts, the rivers are not as high as previously expected, and water levels are falling. Many Avoyelleans are relieved.

The Mississippi River flooding forced between three and four thousand people in Louisiana to evacuate their homes. About thirty families have found refuge in the mobile housing units of Magnaville (aka Canadaville) near Simmesport in Avoyelles Parish. Magnaville originally served as a shelter for hurricane Katrina evacuees of New Orleans from 2005 through 2010.

Photo Gallery: Aerial View of Cenla Flooding (The Alexandria Town Talk)

May 102011

Emergency for Louisiana_May 2011

Emergency for Louisiana in May 2011

On May 6, 2011, the President of the United States of America declared emergency for Louisiana due to the threat of a flood disaster that might equal the catastrophe of 1927 when “the Mississippi River remained at flood stage for a record 153 days.” .

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal aid has been made available to the State of Louisiana to supplement state and local response efforts in the area struck by flooding beginning on April 25, 2011, and continuing.

Affected are the parishes of Avoyelles, Ascension, Assumption, Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Iberia, Iberville, LaSalle, Madison, Pointe Coupee, East Baton Rouge, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Tensas, Terrebonne, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana (where the Mississippi River surrounds the Angola Prison on three sides).

THREE VIDEOS: Video by Christianna Garrett, May 7, 2011

Slideshow by Charles Addison Riddle, III, whose grandfather was the Red Cross Chairman during the great flood of 1927. Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 (CNN film)


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