Lake Arthur officials are preparing for a potential crisis. The rising water over the lake's levees are a major concern, as water could overflow and flood the central part of the town. Rural parts of the town, such as Pom Roy Road and the community it leads to are already under water. As residents patiently wait for the Mermentau River to crest, officials are urging them to take precautions.
Mayor Robbie Bertrand said, "We are warning people along the drainage canal roads in the central part of town that if we are not able to contain that water there and the level rises, they could experience flooding."
The lake, which is 7 feet, 6 inches above normal, could overflow if water continues to rise. Bertrand and Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff Ivy Woods have issued a voluntary evacuation.
"If water comes over that levee at the shrimp boat canal; if water comes over that levee to a point where we can't pump back into the canal...then it is going to back up through town," said Bertrand.
Local and parish volunteers are constantly working to contain areas that are leaking. Bertrand believes that as long as what they have holds, they could avoid the additional flooding.