Water continues to rise in French Settlement

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Monday, September 5, 2011 - 4:46pm

The Amite River in French Settlement keeps rising. People in that small town say it won't take much more until they lose everything.

“The five years I’ve been here I haven't seen it this high,” Brenda Scruggs, a resident of French Settlement, explained.

Scruggs is the manager of the dock. It's a small bar right on the Amite River. On the outside, the concern is focused about the deck. On the inside, fears are based around an antique bar from the French Quarter.

“This is the piece we worry about flooding,” Scruggs told NBC33 News. “Everything else in here can get wet and can be recovered, but this one bar is the piece that I worry about.”

All the water is coming from a very swollen Amite River. And with a crest not expected until later this week, it's not just keeping Scruggs on edge.

“I’m a little worried about my place down there since we left before the storm,” Gary Derouchey, another French Settlement resident, said.

Derouchey has called French Settlement home for only a few months, but he already knows that the road he lives on is very prone to flooding.

“Looks like I’m going to have a hard time getting back there,” he said while pointing down the road to his home.

As the water keeps rising, everyone, including Derouchey and Scruggs are not just keeping a very close eye on water in their backyard.

“I have a spot right down here that I’m looking at that tells me if the waters going up or coming down.”

They’re looking out for their neighbors, some who already left with no place to go.

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