Viewer Submitted Footage: The town of Springfield underwater

Photos and video provided by Steve Spell III of Springfield, La
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POSTED: Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 10:42pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 22, 2013 - 9:56am

Steve Spell II has lived in the town of Springfield for years. During that time he’s ridden out seven major hurricanes; never seeing as much water as he’s seen over the last two days.

“The water is rising about an inch per hour,” Spell told NBC33 News via email. “I don’t remember anything this fast, sudden…it’s as if something broke somewhere.”

While most in South Louisiana were counting their blessings on Sunday, Sept. 4, Spell was riding through his hometown neighborhoods, documenting the devastation caused by flood waters.

“I was literally walking and driving around town crying and taking these pictures,” Spell continued to say when explaining the more than a dozen photographs he sent to the NBC33 news room. “To go to bed with 1 inch of water and wake up with 5 feet! Wow!”

Although Tropical Storm Lee seemed to spare many areas, Springfield, like many other towns in Livingston Parish, could do nothing more then watch in horror.

“We are in bad shape,” he said. “The water is still rising. No more vehicle traffic is possible! We are at the mercy of this stealthy storm Lee!”

Leaving residents with no other option than to pack what they can in small boats, and paddle away from their homes, hoping they will make their way back, soon.

“It’s gotta stop soon…it’s just gotta.”

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