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Flooding and erosion concerns on Sabine River

BEAUREGARD PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Those who are well familiar with the Sabine River are amazed at how the flooding and erosion have changed the look of the river.

Almost all the familiar landmarks are underwater where the Sabine River meets Anacoco Bayou.

"This is ordinarily an area that is dry and people are down here fishing," resident Paul Ringo said.

Ringo lives north of Merryville off Mouth Of The Creek Road. Flooding has eroded the ground next to his home around one piling and a water line that used to be underground.

Jimmy Young lives down the road atop a hill.  His home stayed dry but he couldn't get in and out. 

"Well I had to evacuate for three nights and four days," Young said. "The creek crossed this road out here and got so deep you couldn't drive in and out of it."

The floodwaters wiped out the stairs Young uses to get to his boat.

"My steps going down to where I dock my boat have washed away.  Where they're at now I have no idea," Young said.

It's a rural area, and most here are used to floods now and then.  But they'll never get used to the erosion that is eating away their land.

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