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Vidalia residents flee flood waters

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Residents in Eastern Louisiana are leaving their homes in high numbers.

Many fear flooding along the Mississippi could put too much stress on levees surrounding their towns.

David Weeks has a truck loaded with all his items in his driveway, ready to head out of town if need be.

"I've got confidence in the levees I've lived here all my life, 58 years, but this is the most water we've ever had," Weeks said.

The evacuations are not mandatory at this time.

There is currently a massive effort to shore up the levees just south of Vidalia, being overseen by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

They're hoping to raise the levee by 4 feet, anticipating the waters to rise close to 2 feet from the top.

Boils are starting to pop up near the Vidalia waterfront.  

County officials say it's nothing to be concerned with.

"We're gonna have sand boils, slides, seepage," said Concordia Parish Sheriff Randy Maxwell. "We experience that anytime we have high water."

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