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Whether or not the Morganza Spillway is opened up, high water levels are still expected in the Atchafalaya Basin.

"We don't know what's going to happen. We'll wait and see, and everybody's pretty much in the same boat," says Henderson Mayor Serbin Collette.

Collette is trying to stay as informed as possible on the status of water levels that could come into the Atchafalaya Basin.

"We're preparing as good as we can," says Collette.

Four landing businesses rest inside the levees of the basin. David Allemond, owner of McGee's Landing, is already making plans to keep his assets safe.

"I'm moving cabins today, moving other buildings as well. Things that have the possibilities of getting water in them," says Allemond.

Right now officials are expecting anywhere between 5 and 25 feet of water. The last major flood in 1973 brought in about 27 feet of water to the basin.

"We're expecting another 9 feet in here so you actually looking probably a foot beneath the business (McGee's) itself," explains Collette.

For McGee's Landing the high waters couldn't have come at a worse time. 50% of McGee's yearly business takes place in May.

We'll probably do a couple hundred this month. So it's going to be tough if we have to shut down completely," says Allemond.

For now it's a waiting game, But Collette is commending businesses on their pro-activity.

"I'm informing them exactly what's happening on the water levels and they're not hesitating. They're starting preparations.

The Army Corps of Engineers has put in a request to open the Morganza Spillway. Sf opened, that would speed up the rising of the water level in the basin.

Doug MacDiarmid 

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