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Tue May 24, 2011
Batture Residents Not Worried About Mississippi's Rise
By Eve Abrams
New Orleans, Louisiana – With the Mississippi River cresting in New Orleans at 17 feet today, one community has had a ring-side seat to the rising water. The folks who live in the Batture - the small strip of land between the levee and the Mississippi River, where the Parish changes from Orleans to Jefferson -- have been watching the river flow up, into their yards, underneath their homes, around their pilings, and toward the levee. The Batture once stretched all the way from Audubon Park to the Jefferson/Orleans Parish line, but all that remains is a cluster of 12 camps, or houses, in Old Jefferson. Eve Abrams visited the batture to see this year's seasonal flooding in action.