Water lingers on lawns near Amite River

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 7:08pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 5:35pm

People along the Amite River are watching the water levels closely. Wet weather caused the water levels to rise and creep closer to their property. Now with more rain in the forecast they're keeping an eye out just incase that water gets any closer.

People living on Kay Drive in Prairieville saw two things when they looked out at their neighborhood Tuesday.

"A lot of water and a lot of trash," said Darren Owens, Prairieville resident, said.

"It's an absolute mess the flood waters have come up a little bit. It's not as bad as it's been before in the past, but it's still creeping over our dock," Liz Avery, Prairieville resident, said.

Liz Avery's home is raised up so she's not worried about flooding inside, but she is worried about her yard.

Avery said,” If this rain keeps up I have a feeling it might touch the slab under our house. That is when it starts covering the roads. That's when we got problems."

Across the river in Port Vincent Dave Terlisner is preparing just in case:
"Nervous very nervous," Terlisner exclaimed. "'Cuz' you've got to consider what if it goes from bad to worse, and you do got to evacuate."

His dock has already disappeared under the water. He says the water did start to go down earlier Tuesday, but he's scared that could change.

"If the water comes over the bluff I'll be gone," Terlisner said.

His neighbors are scared too.

"Does it make me nervous," William Delatte, who lives in Port Vincent, said. "You don't know what it makes us. We don't know if the next day we are going to have to swim through the water or wade through the water to get to our vehicles. "

For now they'll continue to monitor the watery mess sitting yards away from their homes.

Ascension Parish officials barricaded several streets due to backwater flooding near the Amite River. Those streets include: Airport Drive, Kay Drive, Idle Hour Road, Summerfield South Road and Lake Street.

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