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Flood evacuees move into enclave built for Katrina

May 17, 2011 8:38:00 AM - thestate.com
A farming community built for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina has become a haven for families driven from their homes by river flooding that has hit states from Arkansas to Louisiana.

Twenty-six families have moved into the enclave, informally known as Canadaville, because their towns were threatened by flooding from the Mississippi River and smaller rivers that spring from it. The haven created by a Canadian industrialist had a onetime population of around 200 hurricane-displaced residents, but it had dwindled to just a handful by the time people from nearby towns began looking for a place to wait out the flood.

Tonya Nelson, 39, one of the few Katrina evacuees still there, said she recognized the look on their faces.

"I can understand what they're going through because I've been through it myself," she said.

The Mississippi River is swollen by snow melt and heavy spring rains. To take pressure off levees surrounding heavily populated New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the Army Corps of Engineers opened the key Morganza Spillway, choosing to flood more rural areas with fewer homes.

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