Pointe Coupee farmers fear flooding
POSTED: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 4:02pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 4:04pm
POINTE COUPEE PARISH (NBC33) — UPDATE: NBC33 checked back in with John Goode to see how his farmland is faring with the water levels on the rise. Goode says the water has reached the top of his levee and has started to spill over onto his farmlands in some places. He expects some of his land to be flooded by tomorrow.
In Pointe Coupee Parish, farmers fear the worst. John Goode grows sugar cane and soy beans in the 4,000 acres along Old River. Right now, the farmland is perfect for a good crop, but Goode is holding off on planting any seeds.
That's because he says by this time next week, all of it will be under water. It's a frustration for the farmer, who says he's faced flooding in the area three years in a row.
"You just can't do anything. You just stand there and look at the water," he says. "Hope it doesn't come back next year."
Goode says he's not putting down sandbags to stop the flooding. He says he's tried it in the past and nothing seems to work.