Because of the threat of excess water in possible homes in Vermilion Parish, the Police Jury is putting a pile of sand in front of the public works building located at 2211 Leonie Street (right past the Abbeville Sportsman).
Becky LeBlanc, of the Office of Emergency Preparedness for the Police Jury, said there will be sand and bags. She is advising anyone who wants sand bags should bring their own shovel to bag the sand themselves.
There is no limit on the amount of bags a person can take.
If bags are needed in Abbeville, they can be picked up at the City Barn at the corner of Frank’s Alley and Godchaux Avenue.
The water began rising in Vermilion Parish Tuesday morning because of 30 mile per hour south winds. The winds are pushing the water from the Vermilion Bay northward, into the bayous and rivers in the parish.
In Delcambre, water began overflowing the banks of the Delcambre Canal into yards along the canal.
At Delcambre City Park, baseball and softball fields were flooded with water.
Tony Romero, owner of Don’s Boat Landing located south of Henry, said Tuesday afternoon the water was even with the docks. Across the street from Dons is a parking lot for boats and trucks. At 3 p.m. trucks could not recover their boat trailers because of the high water in the parking lot.
“It is coming up,” said Romero on Tuesday at 3 p.m. “Riding around I see all of the bayous are full. I feel sorry for the people who live north because if there is a lot of rain, there will be nowhere for the water to drain.”
Romero was referring to if the Carencro area is once again flooded with three to six inches of rain today, the water has nowhere to drain due to the high water in the bayous and rivers.
“They are going to have to wait for the water to drain,” Romero added.