Springfield flooding surprises residents

POSTED: Monday, September 5, 2011 - 9:28pm

UPDATED: Monday, September 5, 2011 - 9:31pm

In some parts of Livingston parish, homes are underwater after Tropical Storm Lee dumped more than a foot of rain in some places over the weekend. Springfield was hit particularly hard.

Residents were shocked by how quickly those flood waters moved into their community over the weekend. Near Warsaw Marina, a neighborhood had as much as four feet of water in some places. Residents say, they've seen this much water before out there, but this time, they didn't feel prepared for it.

"We went to bed dry and woke up with four feet of water in our homes," says Springfield resident, Steve Spell II. "That just as the most devastating and demoralizing impact on everybody back here."

Normally, Spell says, when there's a threat of flooding, the community has time to get ready. "We'll pick up our stuff six inches, and if we see its going to get threatened again, we'll pick it up another six inches. We didn't have time to do that here."

Folks in this neighborhood are used to high water, but they say, Lee just caught them way off guard. "I never would have imagined that something like this could have happened from a tropical storm," says Jason Tullos.

He spent the day clearing water out of his parents' home at the front of the neighborhood. "It's frustrating knwoing what my parents are going to be going through," he says. "Being out of their house for a little while, having to rebuild..."

Homes and valuables were destroyed in the flood, and lots of people are wondering if help is on the way. "The government and communities need to know that Livingston Parish has been hit hard by this storm. Period. We need help out here," says Spell.

Now, residents say they'll just have to wait out the worst. "We don't have anywhere to go right now. We're just stuck," Spell explains. "I love it here and I don't ever see myself leaving. I don't ever want to leave."

Residents estimate it will be another two days before that water will really start to move out and they'll see their streets again. That's when they say they'll be able to assess the damage to their homes and move forward.

Want to see more on the flooding? Check out Steve Spell's youtube page. He's been keeping tabs on the flooding in his neighborhood since earlier this week. http://www.youtube.com/user/stevespell2

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