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Residents of flood ravaged Braithwaite worry about the future

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Braithwaite, La - Jill Baumy lives in Braithwaite on the East Bank of Plaquemines Parish. In June, she met with FOX 8's John Snell to express her concerns over a 26-foot high flood wall surrounding St. Bernard Parish. "I look at it as a danger to my entire East Bank of Plaquemines Parish," she said.

Baumy lives on the "wrong side" of the wall, and after Isaac, her fears became reality. Her home is in an 18-mile stretch of Plaquemines Parish between two federalized levees. Her home too a beating by flood waters.

"People who never got flooded in this community, got flooded," said Baumy. "We knew water was going to funnel into our community."

Shellie and Darrall Monk also lost everything. But flooding isn't their only concern. They don't live far from the Stolthaven facility where chemical are stored. Since September 3rd, a half mile north and south of the facility has been off limits.

 The facility is still without power and train cars have jumped their tracks. According to Louisiana State Police, there is no immediate threat to the public, but there is a possibility materials in those cars and in the facility could become unstable.

It's another worry for people on the East Bank of Plaquemines, along with worries about recovery and the future. "Because this was only a category one that did it this time," said Baumy. "If we get another Katrina type storm, it's going to be terrible."

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser has said the parish is working to raise smaller levees around that area to 12 feet, spending 29-million dollars over the next year and a half. He says the parish plans to continue to raise the levees hoping they will eventually be taken over and included in the Federal levee system.

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