Public meeting turns into heated debate about opening of Morganza Spillway

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BUTTE LA ROSE, La. – Residents are concerned as the debate to open the Morganza Spillway continues, and many fear a repeat of the flood of 2011.

“They are trying to flood us not by mother nature, but by manmade,” one resident, Joseph Guidry told News 10.

And that was the opinion of many residents at Thursday night’s public meeting.

The Army Corps of Engineers held the meeting to inform residents of the potential flood waters coming their way and what they’re doing to prepare.

“We maximize the water that we can put down the Mississippi River and then excess water is diverted into the Atchafalaya Basin. That water has to go through and it will go all the way through Morgan City, so you are looking at the entire Atchafalaya Basin will see some impact from this high water,” Ricky Boyett, a spokesperson for the Army Corps of Engineers told KLFY’s Carly Laing.

Levee Committee Member, Jody Meche has been working on the basin for many years and believes there is a better solution than flooding the town again.

“If they would have flowed more water since a month ago through the basin would we be dealing with this flood event that we are dealing with now? And they said yes we still would be. I stand to differ,” Meche explained.

Boyett said no matter what decision is made, the main concern is the safety of residents.

“The number one basis for our decision is public safety. We want to make the right decisions for the right reasons. And so we want to get out into the community and we want to hear their comments and we want to hear their feedback so we can take that into consideration,” he added.

The Army Corps of Engineers said that regardless of whether or not they open the gates, Butte La Rose is in for an impact of water.

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