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Residents begin to clean up after flood; rain has finally stopped

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POSTED: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 5:54pm

If you happened to go outside Thursday you probably noticed a big change, the sun came out! That's a big deal for all of us, but especially for those who are beginning the cleanup process from the past week's excessive rain.

Now that the sun is finally out and the rain has stopped, people have begun to mop up the mud and are trying salvaging anything they can.

One local says the rain fell for so long, he almost lost hope.

“This is too much for a 74 year old man," said Earnest Hall.

Hall is stuck in the mud, literally. He's forced to clean up the mud that settled in front of his house over the past two weeks.

"It was about 2 foot on this front slab right here and it's gone down quite a bit and now it's 4 inches of water and it was right at two feet," said Hall.

The week-long series of showers flooded areas of Livingston Parish that never experienced extreme flooding before.

"This was backwater flood," Assistant Police Chief in Livingston Parish, Lawrence Callender, said. "It wasn't like a hurricane. We have wind-driven water and the flooding was caused by excess rain coming from the Amite River Basin."

And by having only 3 dry days so far this year, Earnest says after 13 years he was about to give up.

"All those fronts come off the Gulf. I was about to give up on it," concluded Hall.

The water levels are slowly going down, and Earnest will try and clean as much as he can, before the next storm rolls through.

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