Denham Springs residents brace for flooding

Denham Springs residents brace for flooding
Weather Talk

POSTED: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 5:04pm

Matt Waldrep spent most of his Mardi Gras getting ready for the Amite River to rise up, helping his grandparents move their cars to higher ground.

"Well we'll have to move them up the road from here because it's a hill. if it's 35 feet it will probably be about waist deep at the end of the driveway, maybe even a little more than that," Waldrep shared.

Waldrep has lived on River Road in Denham Springs all his life, and while this year has been a wet one, he said it's not the worst he's ever seen.

"It’s gotten up a whole lot higher sometimes and so it's normal. I know we've had a lot of rain, but nothing unusual," he said.

Constantly moving furniture and cars to dry ground can get a little tedious though, Waldrep admitted.

"It’s really a pain because you have to move all the furniture up and everything that's in the shop. Everything. And nobody’s got time for that, you know," Waldrep said.

He explained that despite the hassle of going through flooding for the second time in a month, it's all part of life on the river.

"You can put a boat in if you want and you can go all down the road and everything, so. You can fish, you can catch fish. But it's the river, it's just what we're used to."

The river is expected to crest at 34.5 ft. on Thursday afternoon.

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