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Breached levee prompts emergency sandbagging operation to save historic park

Photo provided by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office.
Monday, January 14, 2013 - 3:07pm

An emergency sandbag operation took place over the weekend after overflow from the Vermilion River threatened to flood a major portion of a living history park.

Roughly 45 inmates from the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center were deployed to Vermilionville on Saturday, Jan. 12 to bag and place sandbags along a failing levee. Officials tell us the flooding began in the late evening on Friday.

It took roughly seven hours and over 3,000 sandbags to secure the area to prevent the waters from rising in the folklife park.

Vermilionville is located in Lafayette Parish and is maintained by the Bayou Vermilion District. It’s a replica village representing an early Acadian settlement from 1765 to 1890. Vermilionville was the original name for the city of Lafayette.
 

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