Flood preparations are a team effort in St. James Parish

St. James Parish sandbagging efforts

ST. JAMES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - St. James Parish leaders and residents are teaming up to prepare for possible flooding.

St. James Parish president Tim Roussel said leaders there are concerned flooding from the Amite River will affect the parish.

Backwater flooding is a significant concern for parish leaders.

St. James took a proactive approach and began sandbagging operations days ago, with an estimated 15,000 bags in place.

"We have residents joining in, Roussel said. "Oh my God it was a scene yesterday. All I want to say is thank you and I'm so proud of our residents."

Roussel said children got involved, carrying heavy sandbags, loading them on pallets and trucks to be taken to homes.

"It's an all-out effort," Roussel said.

There are areas north of La. 3125 were threatened with flood waters, but backup waters should also be of concern.

South of 3125 in the Lutcher and Paulina area there are some vulnerable areas parish officials are working to prepare for possible flooding.

"We are trying to help these residents get ready," Roussel said.

Residents are asked to clean their yards, get the debris up, and clean storm drains.

Culverts blocked with garbage cans need to be cleared to allow water a way out.

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