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Contractors make sure the gate closes behind Erath Middle School. Superintendent Jerome Puyau checks over the doors Monday morning.

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This is a generator that sits on top of a diesel storage tank. On the side of the generator are pumps that will pump water away from Erath High and Erath Middle School.

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Once there was a softball/football practice field behind the Erath High gym. Today, the land is now a large retention pond.

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There are drainages scattered on the grounds of Erath High and Erath Middle School. The water flows into the drainage pipe and then the water is pumped out into a bayou.

Vermilion Parish School employees begin closing flood protection wall gates

The Vermilion Parish school system is not taking chances when it comes to preparing for high waters in Vermilion Parish.
There are five schools with a flood protection wall around each school.
On Monday, the school system emergency plan kicked into effect and personnel were busying closing flood gates at each school.

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Mortimer Cottrell Jr.

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Josiah Cottrell

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Timothy Cottrell

Three wanted for shooting in Abbeville arrested in Alabama

Three men wanted by Abbeville Police in connection to a shooting that occurred in April are now in custody.
Mortimer Cottrell Jr., 27, Josiah Cottrell, 20, and Timothy Cottrell, 17, have each been booked into the Vermilion Parish Correctional Center on attempted second-degree murder chargers. The bond for those charges has been set at $500,000 for each man.
U.S. Marshall’s and deputies with the Mobile Sheriff’s Office arrested the three without incident in Mobile, Ala.

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Garrick Neil Jr., body was found Tuesday morning.

Drowning victim's body found

The search for a 12-year-old Gueydan boy Garrick Neil Jr. who drowned Sunday in the Calcasieu River off La. 26 just west of Oberlin has ended. h The boy's body was found at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.
Allen Parish Sheriff Doug Hebert III said Monday dive and search teams from surrounding parishes have been using sonar equipment, cadaver dogs and other resources to search the swift river since the boy was last seen around 3:30 p.m. last Sunday . They also reported that the river was about nine feet above normal, making it difficult for even a strong swimmer to get across.



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