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Fri May 20, 2011
Congressman Landry Urges Residents To Take Evacuation Advice
By Eileen Fleming
New Orleans, La. – Congressman Landry says modeling by the Army Corps of Engineers predicted floods arriving this weekend in the Atchafalaya River basin. Landry, who represents six of the eight parishes bracing for flooding, says residents should continue following directions of local officials.
"The Corps' downgrading forecast I hope doesn't become a detriment to us. I am concerned. Look, right now Mother Nature's working with us. She can certainly work against us. If we got a significant rain event down here or a considerable amount of time where we get very brisk southerly winds, the water could start to back up and become a problem."
And he says the crisis will not go away quickly. The water could stay high for weeks.
Butte LaRose in St. Martin Parish within Landry's district will be under a mandatory evacuation tomorrow.
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming.