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Ascension Parish residents upset over lack of help

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POSTED: Monday, June 2, 2014 - 4:27pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 2, 2014 - 4:53pm

People in Ascension Parish are dealing with the aftermath of massive flooding from last week's heavy rain. First order of business is remove the debris from their home.

"We still have to finish picking up the floor in 2 of the rooms and it really was flooded because when we woke up the water was to my knee," says Darrow resident Cantrelle Green.

In wake of everything, the parish has offered to lend a helping hand.

"This rain event is one of the largest we've ever seen in the parish and it effected a lot of homes with high water. And we wanted to make sure that people had help getting their flood debris out of the house," said Ascension Parish PIO, Lestor Kenyon.

Problem is, residents feel this help has not come fast enough. And Cantrelle has a message for the parish president.

"We really need him right now. Actually we've needed him for the last couple days. And we'll be ecstatic when he do arrive or send someone to speak to us and help us out with the situation we are going through," she said.

The parish is directing residents to contact the department of public works, then they take the rest from there. but some find that unnecessary.

"I shouldn't have to call. All you need to do is send the trucks around cause I know you have problems back here. So why should I have to call with assistance. That's with assistance helping me get my house back straight or whatever. You already know I'm in a disaster area, we have a disaster back here. Why I got to call you to come pick up my trash or to come check on me," says Darrow resident, Curtin Williams.

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