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Lake open; Where’s Freddy?

Lake D’Arbonne was apparently opened to boating again Wednesday afternoon after the lake barely edged below the 83-foot flood level at the spillway gauge.The reading was 82.9 at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

I don’t like to second guess, but I have to say, I wish we would have waited for another foot drop before doing this. There are still parts of people’s piers and boat docks underwater and water in people’s yards. We’ve still even got people who can’t get out of their houses because roads on the edge of the lake are underwater. Everything is saturated. The LDOT realizes how hazardous a situation we are in and slowed the fall of the lake to keep from causing damage to seawalls and structures.  The Union Parish school system shut down school for a few more days just to ensure no more damage to roads or possible accidents.

Waiting a few more days to go fishing or boat riding certainly should have been considered.

I love to fish as much as anybody, but it isn’t the most important thing in a situation like this. Our friends and neighbors are suffering. Hopefully we don’t ever have this kind of situation again, but if we do, we shouldn’t just do things “like we’ve always done” when there may be a better way.

IF YOU DO USE THE LAKE THE NEXT FEW DAYS, PLEASE IDLE AND MAKE NO WAKE. IF YOU MAKE A WAKE AND DAMAGE PROPERTY, YOU ARE LIABLE FOR THAT DAMAGE. IF YOU ARE A PROPERTY OWNER AND SEE SOMEONE DOING THAT, PLEASE REPORT THEM TO LAW ENFORCEMENT.

One final comment: I heard that one boater was told to just go slow. That’s about like telling the Louisiana Legislature not pass even more new taxes. This stance may not be popular with some boaters and fishermen, but this flood is unprecedented and so will be the recovery. If we are going to continue to grow the reputation and the livability of Lake D’Arbonne and our parish, we must manage it as wisely as possible.

Aren’t you glad that my soapbox is out of the water and I was able to get on it?

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As I’ve been around the past several days, one thing stood out high above the flood waters: People.  Their faith, their willingness to help others, their attitude and their can-do spirit. It’s amazing.

So today we’re taking a break from just lake levels and flood reports. There are lots of

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Freddy

people hurting, piling up the memories of their lives and facing months of tough times and new beginnings. But they still find a way to smile. I hope this brings a smile.

Remember this guy? Freddy the weatherman. He gave us a quick and usually very accurate look at the weather every day for years  on KNOE in Monroe. Freddy’s actions gave a short forecast of the day’s weather:

In case of extreme heat, he melted
  – In case of lightning, he got struck by lightning and ran away
  – In case of rain, a rain cloud drifted in and he opened his umbrella
  – In case of strong winds, he got blown away
  – In case of cold, he turned to ice
  – In case of fog, he held up a lantern for light.

The past week in this area, if Freddy would have still been around…. here’s what we would have seen.
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Okay one more:  The following has been on the FACEBOOK, but some of you may have missed here, so here goes. Keep this handy if you had a vehicle damaged and are having trouble with your insurance agent (good luck to you):

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Take care out there. Stay strong. If you need help, ask for it. And stay informed and, most importantly, be safe!!!!

The local Farmerville Gazette has been on top of news developments since this started. For continuing timely information, check their Facebook page: 

https://www.facebook.com/thefgazette/?fref=nf

OR

the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/UPSOpage/?fref=ts

The latest lake levels for D’Arbonne and other area waterbodies is available by clicking on the Area River and Lake Levels tab on the front page of lakedarbonnelife.com or:

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lmrfc/?n=lowerouachitariverbasin

Discussion

2 thoughts on “Lake open; Where’s Freddy?

  1. I appreciate your Soap Box…. Well done, my friend, as always.

    Posted by Ray Jones | March 17, 2016, 12:362:22 am
  2. Thanks for all the information regarding our friends in Farmerville. We enjoyed some sacalait from Darbonne tonight. They were Crappie when they left Farmerville but became Sacalait when they got to I-12. Thanks.
    Note First Baptist Farmerville is hosting volunteers that are coming in from all over to help with clean up. They can use some help feeding the folk.
    Pawpaw Jack

    Posted by Jack Brumfield | March 17, 2016, 12:3612:38 am

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