We were in Vidalia, LA about 2 weeks ago. We took a "drive-about" vacation, and I wanted to follow the Atchafalaya River basin from its head where it joins the Red River on south to Morgan City. We knew it was all going to be flooded. Everyone did.
Living in Vidalia would be tough right now. There is a residential area right up next to the levee, and I mean right up close. You could look out your window and have to look up a little to see the top of the levee. By now you would have to look up to see the level on the Mississippi River on the other side of the levee. That's unnerving to me.
I had wanted to take LA15 south to follow the river, but it was blocked off already, so I didn't get to see the Morganza spillway.
We finally stayed at a B&B in New Iberia for three days and visited the swamps and Bayou Teche. I think that whole area is absolutely beautiful, and can't get enough of it. On the way home we drove through Butte LaRose, which is on the river side of the levee at Henderson. I sopped at the marina and talked to some of the folks. They knew they were doomed to be flooded; it's just a question of how bad. And as we now know, it is very, very bad.
It's funny how life just goes on right up until the last moment. I talked with a guy delivering beer to a convenience store that is surely under water by now, and watched the convicts as they worked their asses off shoring up weak sections of the all important levee.
We love our drive-about vacations. It's all America, you know.