Krotz Springs stocks up on sandbags following declaration of state of emergency

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Acadiana towns like Krotz Springs are stocking up on sandbags following Thursday’s declaration of a state of emergency in St. Landry Parish.

Mayor Carroll Snyder said that although they are preparing, he does not expect any serious flooding.

“Mainly just preparing ourselves just in case,” said Snyder.

The sandbag location in Krotz Springs opened Friday morning. Employees have filled many bags of sand, although as of Friday afternoon, very few residents picked them up.

David Whittington remembers when the Morganza Spillway opened in 1973 and 2011, “I’m hanging around waiting for it, but I don’t think it’s going to get here. Like I said, that little levee they built back there, they’re repairing it now,” That levee was built in 2011.

Sections of the levee are now being rebuilt as a precaution.

“We had to take some sections to put drains to drain our town so they’re here just to place these sections and build it back up,” said Snyder.

Snyder said at this point it is just a waiting game, “We don’t know what’s going to happen Monday. They’re forecasting that we won’t see quite what we seen in 2011, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens,” Snyder added that sandbags will be available for anyone who needs them in the town.

A town hall meeting will be held Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. on Krotz Springs

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