Henderson, La-based dance halls on the Atchafalaya River basin are open and hurting for customers. The New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper carried an article on Sunday, May 29, 2011 (D1 and D-10) entitled “Wait. Pray. Fish.” (entitled “Last Saturday in Cajun country, bayou-front business owners braced for Mississippi River flooding” online ) by Mary Tutweiler. It’s a great story because these venerable Cajun dance halls have not been closed, flooded or damaged due to the diversion of the Mississippi River’s flood waters. It’s a sad story because the word hasn’t gotten out yet about their opening and many of their customers have evacuated and just aren’t there to drink and dance. There are photos of empty tables at McGee’s Landing and Angelle’s Whiskey River Landing. And in the category of spitting-in-the-face-of-danger, there’s a post with marks and names from people betting on how high the water will get! They’ll be back, but it will take time.
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