In The Floods Path

Monday, May 16, 2011 - 3:09pm

Floodwaters released into the Morganza Spillway creep closer to homes.

It took only minutes for farmland to turn into a lake Saturday when the Army Corps of Engineers opened part of the Morganza Spillway, a move designed to ease flooding of the Mississippi River and spare Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Opening the spillway means more than 10,000 structures and 25,000 people may now be flooded out.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for those living in the flood zone.

Still, many aren't heading the order.

"We are going to try and stick it out for a while," says Jody Fontenot. "It's our house, our home."

Cassidy Baliey and her husband brought in a barge to ride out the rising flood waters.

"If the water comes up we're going up with it," Bailey says.

Melvin Verett of Stephensville has lived through this before.

"Hopefully it don't get that high, " he says. "Hopefully it won't be worse than '73."

The hope of thousands as the water begins to rise.

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