Ascension,Livingston Parish residents fight flood water

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POSTED: Monday, January 14, 2013 - 8:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 14, 2013 - 8:04pm

The Amite River along the Livingston and Ascension Parish line remains swollen. Flood waters continue to creep closer and closer to businesses and homes.

Penny Haydel and her crew at Fred's on the River in Prairieville spent Monday afternoon cleaning up.

"Inches before entering the stage we have all the back windows open trying to air it out but the water's still kind of boot deep I call it," Haydel described. "Really all a big mess is what it is."

Water from the Amite River flooded most of the bar, but Haydel said the damage could have been worse.

"I don't know how it didn't get in the front bar, but it didn't," Haydel stated. "We are just so thrilled and we're hoping it holds out for the next couple of days."

Across the river in Port Vincent David Nadeau can get to work, and open his seafood store. Nadeau just can't get to his house.

"You pretty much got to have a boat to get in and out," Nadeau explains.

The road to his home is almost impassable at points the water is several feet deep.

"It changes everything. I mean you can't go home. You have to change your whole way of living," Nadeau said.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the area through Wednesday night, but residents said it can't get here soon enough.

"You can't fight mother nature," Nadeau advised. "You just got to kind of roll with it."

Haydel says she hopes to have the business back up and running by the weekend if the water doesn't get inside the main bar.

"We're good spirited about it, but it is our livelihood," Haydel explained. "You know we don't open we don't make money."
 

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