The mighty Mississippi River continued to threaten New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La., Friday, with floodwaters that could breach levees that protect those major cities.
Already, in parts of Louisiana, residents are fleeing the rising water. Even schoolchildren are helping evacuate.
However, the enemy in Stephenville is not just the flood water from the Mississippi, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
In an effort to protect heavily populated Baton Rouge and New Orleans from the bulging river, the group may intentionally open up the Morganza floodway.
While the move would relieve pressure on the levee system, it would also submerge an area 100 miles long and flood the homes and business of some 2,500 people.
"I know it's necessary that they do what they've got to do, but still somewhere I guess I am a little angry," resident Deborah Leblanc said.
For those who could lose their homes and farms to save others, these are desperate hours.
"What they're telling us is take whatever you want out cause it probably won't be there when you come back," Adam Bo-Dawn of Butte La Rose, La., said.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is urging calm as residents try to save their homes and businesses
"I'm building a 19-foot levee all around my house," one resident said. "I don't have any flood insurance. You have to get flood insurance like 30 days ahead of time."
"We're possibly going to have six feet of water in our house," lamented Louisiana resident Mary McGrew.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Coast Guard reportedly may close down the Mississippi River to ships and barges, shutting off traffic on one of the world's busiest waterways.