Water Rising In Gueydan; Volunteer Evacuation Underway
The levees are holding in Gueydan, but the waters are still rising rising. Mayor Chris Theriot posted this message via the Geuydan Facebook page.
What Town of Gueydan and surrounding area is experiencing slow rising back water at the pump off area. Tuesday after a gradual rise was detected, contact with the Office of Emergency Preparedness was made to assure all locks, south of Gueydan were open. They were open and 1-2 feet drop was occurring. Close monitoring of water level was occurring at the pumps.
At 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, the water was rising at about ½ inch per couple of hours. Still had enough height at the pump off levee, approx.. 2 to 3 ft. The Nursing Home was requested to start preparation for possible evacuation if levee would breach.
With locks open, and rising water still occurring it was recommended the Nursing Home start evacuation at approximately 9:30 p.m.
The levee is STILL HOLDING at approximately 2 ft above breaching. But if you feel the need to leave please do so. For you see the weather and rising water are unpredictable.
So at this time the Town of Gueydan is under a VOLUNTARY EVACUATION. That means you may leave on your own, Should conditions worsen a mandatory evacuation will be implemented and a location would be provided along with transportation if needed.
Monitor closely, facebook or call City Hall at 337-536-9415.
It is better to be proactive than reactive.
We WILL get through this …………
Your Mayor Chris Theriot