Blind River continues to flow backward threatening homes in St. James

Blind River continues to flow backward threatening homes in St. James

ST. JAMES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - For more than 12 hours, the Blind River in St. James Parish has been backing up due to high levels along the Amite River.

The Blind River flows into the Amite River, which is experiencing historical levels, and the water is flowing upstream threatening homes near Gramercy north of Highway 3125.

Airline Highway closed north of Gramercy due to water going over the highway.

As early as Tuesday morning, the St. James Boat Club experienced about three inches of water, and the Blind River was still rising.

St. James Parish officials put their own water gauge near the Blind River. They have been looking at those water levels and comparing them to how high the water reached during Hurricane Isaac.

"In early March, we had a heavy rainfall. We saw that level at 3.8 at that gauge. During Isaac, we saw it at a 4.6-foot level. So taking those two readings and seeing where we're at now in the amount of water that is still coming from the French Settlement area, and they're telling us that crest is going to last until Thursday night, of course that gives us some great concern," St James Parish President Timmy Roussel said.

Tuesday afternoon, the gauge reached 3.5.

Roussel urged residents who are prone to flooding to take precautions and warned residents who do not typically flood to also be extremely cautious with the record level of water flowing down the Amite River.

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