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Residents wait for waters to rise

Posted On Mon, May 23, 2011

As thousands of Gulf Coast residents cope with the flooding conditions, thousands more are bracing for what's to come.

There are several areas along the Mississippi River where the water has crested, meaning that the water is not expected to get any higher. But as the Associated Press reports, other area residents are waiting for the wall of water to hit their homes.

The AP reports that all the waiting has proven to be frustrating for homeowners.

"This right now is mentally tormenting, this slow rising," said Michelle McInnis, 37, in an interview with the news service. McInnis lives in a section of Louisiana where flooding is expected to get worse. Mandatory evacuations are expected to take place thereafter, the source reports.

But the waiting may be a good thing for some, as Ginny Higgins, spokeswoman for the St. Martin's Parish sheriff's office, told the AP.

"It's probably a blessing for some because maybe some people who didn't have time to do additional sandbagging will now have more time," said Higgins.

If homeowners in the area just recently purchased flood insurance, they may be in for more waiting. Home insurance companies sometimes require a 30-day waiting period before a flood insurance policy goes into effect.

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