Bill Capo / Eyewitness News

STEPHENSVILLE, La. Stephensville has become a sandbag city, most of the houses are ringed by sandbags levees from one to four feet high.

Many have completed their preparations, but others are just starting.

'This is my second load, so it's not very high right now,' said Mindy Wilson. 'We just decided we'd do it. We were just going to leave and let God do his let God do what he was going to do. But at the last minute we decided we'd try.'

While prisoners and volunteers filled Wilson's pickup truck with newly made sandbags, Gov. Bobby Jindal stopped by to inspect this flood protection operation, pointing out that 400,000 sandbags have been made so far and hoping the flooding expected here won't be as bad as first thought.

'Bottom line, even with the lower projections, we know there is a lot of water headed this way,' said Jindal.

'The corps told me that they were expecting anywhere between three and four feet this weekend. The water has been slower to come than they have projected because of the drought.'

They are pinning some of their hopes on the barge that has been sunk in Bayou Chene to keep floodwaters from backing up into vulnerable areas; it's a hope that the barge will lower floodwaters by one to two feet.

But no one, not even the parish president, knows how bad it will actually get.

'The houses here we are still expecting to flood,' said St. Martin President Guy Cormier, 'still expecting them to face (conditions) just like the barge is not there. So we are saying, 'Prepare yourself for the worst case.''

'We are going to monitor this on a daily basis. We are not going to evacuate people until we really feel we have to do it because of public safety reasons.'

Everyone is being urged to complete flood protection operations. At Scully's Alumium Boats, owner Elwood Scully scrambled to use large sandbags to build a 1500 foot long levee for his business that employs 30 people.

'We were making over 240 some odd feet a day after we got the proper equipment in place,' said Scully. 'We were just lucky to get it when we did.'

'No doubt,' said Scully when asked if he will be able to keep the water out of his business. 'We will be able to fight it.'

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