Residents say they'll stay despite rising water

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Friday, August 31, 2012 - 9:17pm

Waterways in Ascension Parish are swollen from collecting rain from Isaac. If the water continues to rise there is a risk it could spill over and flood the area.

Now Ascension Parish emergency officials declared a voluntary evacuation for people living in the Saint Amant, Acy, and Sorento. Many people living in St Amant say they're staying even though there's a shelter is open for them at Lamar Dixon.

"I'm going to hang around I'm not leaving the town, and I'm going to stay here as long as I can," said St. Amant resident Lynn Prejean.

"I've been back here 25 years, and I've never seen it till this time," said Prejean.

Now her neighborhood is swamped by water covering roadways and threatening her home.

"I guess if the skiff don't float," said Prejean. "If the water is deep enough for the skiff to float we going. If the boat can float we're going."

Others say the decision is not so easy. Keith and Kelly Hebert live just down the road. They have been watching the water hoping it doesn't head for their doorstep.

"We don't know what to do we are debating whether to leave or not," said Keith Hebert. "If the water is going to come up to my shed i'm gone . It's about up to it.

"I've got all my pictures in the car," said Kelly Hebert. "I've got our suitcase packed, so when ever he says let's go we're going."

Prejean is determined to stay despite the risk.

"We might not be the richest people in the world, but this is our home and our property and we have all stayed through everything before never left," said Prejean.

Prejean's friends and family spent the day building up the defenses around her home just incase.

"It's hard to think your house is going to go under, " said Prejean. "I raised my babies in this home. I did get my pictures all out. I got my personal stuff."

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