Livingston Parish remains flooded

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POSTED: Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 7:28pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 31, 2012 - 12:26pm

“All the way back, it's about 2 inches in our house," Sonja Stevenson, a Walker resident, points to her home as she drives by on a boat through her once dry front yard. Like most people who live on Magnolia Drive, she’s being forced higher ground by rising waters. That's thanks the slow movement hurricane Isaac’s over the last few days.

Sonja Stevenson has lived for forty years at a home on Magnolia Drive, never she says, has the flooding been this bad.

"This is the first time it has been this high. Never has it been like this," Stevenson said.

There are over a dozen homes on magnolia drive behind me, most have taken on several inches of water, and almost all of them are only reachable now by boat.

But it's not just the homes on Magnolia Drive, parish-wide officials say flooding is the major issue. Places like Maurepas and Killian remain cut off from the rest of the parish by high waters.

"The southern part of the parish, while being hit the hardest, and will certainly suffer the worst damage, there is also water throughout roads in Livingston parish and other areas," Layton Ricks, Livingston Parish President, said.

"In my 20 years with the sheriff's office I’ve never seen the water that high down there," Jason Ard, Livingston Parish Sheriff, added.

Stevenson said she realizes the situation could have been much worse, and for now the family will just need to replace the material things that were lost.

"Wood floors can be replaced. Lives can't."

Officials say water levels shouldn't rise any further, but for some in the hardest hit areas, that reassurance is a little too late.

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