Robert residents watch rising water with wary eye

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Posted on August 30, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 31 at 12:01 AM

Megan Danahey / Eyewitness News

ROBERT, La. -- In Robert, residents have watched the waters rise all day. The threat of a dam break had families searching for higher ground.

"You see where the trees are? That used to be a part of the bank," said Michael Postalewait, an environmental sciences student.

Postalewait knows this river.

"I've studied river currents and it's never been as fast as it is now, so I always come out here to check on it when it's high," he said.

He's not evacuating.

"I choose not to evacuate because I'm three miles from the river where I live," Postalewait said.

Some of the residents turned to the Red Cross for shelter. Over at Hammond Junior High, the Red Cross is set up to help these local families.

"We have a large influx of people that are coming because of the evacuation of the possible breaching of the dam, and we also have families were here and road out the hurricane," said Jill Bode of American Red Cross.

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