Flooding still a major issue in parts of Ascension Parish

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 6:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 6:54pm

Flooded homes and backyards are still a problem in parts of Ascension Parish. Residents say even though the rain has stopped, the water is continuing to rise.

"It started about 2 or 3 weeks ago and the water has come up every day since then,” says Ted Prudhoumme, a Prairieville resident. “It came up really bad for the first few weeks, then it slowly started to stop maybe an inch, inch and a half every day."

He hasn't seen flooding like this in over eight years and doesn't understand how the rain has stopped but the water continues to rise.

"The shop in the back, that's underwater,” he noted. “We had to move everything up under so it wouldn't get destroyed. We had a bunch of equipment in there, we didn't want it to get destroyed."

But he says he's thankful they were prepared before the rain began, so his house wasn't severely damaged. However, he’s upset the flooding is still a major issue.

"We sandbagged before it got that far,” he said. "I feel neglected because nobody pays attention to us back here. In the shed it’s about up to my shins midway to my shins."

Pudhoumme and his neighbors continue to work together to keep the water away until it recedes.

On Friday, Jan. 26, Alligator Bayou Road will be closed off for 2 to 3 weeks for pumping. The pumping will hopefully alleviate the flooding issues for the homeowners.

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