Junk boats serve as both trash and treasure

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Dozens of decrepit boats are being removed this month from Louisiana bayous, eyesores that have been left to rot and become navigational hazards.

But the age of a few of the boats may keep them resting on bayou bottoms a little longer. Because some may be older than 50 years, the parish must investigate their historical significance before it can get permission to dredge up and dismantle them.

"I was just as shocked that anyone would be concerned about the historical significance of a boat that's been abandoned and sitting on the bottom of a bayou for who knows how long," said Terrebonne Parish president Michel Claudet. "If they're historic and we can't pick them up and dispose of them, what are we supposed to do - remove them and put them in a museum?"

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