Lafayette

Jan 9, 2013 12:47 AM by Steven Albritton

Carencro Residents Brace for Rain Storm, Hope to Avoid Flooding

Residents in Carencro are watching the weather after devastating floods this past spring. Some weren't hesitating to protect their homes.

"We are very worried about this. All of the neighbors are very concerned," Ann Smith said.

Ann and her husband Robert had only been in their home for three months when those floods hit. Unfortunately, they and many others in their neighborhood didn't have flood insurance.

"Inside the house we measured 8 inches. In our backyard, I measured 17 inches. The 8 inches of water destroyed almost 90% of our furniture," Ann Smith said.

Now they leave their sandbags out. They say when they get a heavy rain in their subdivision, water creeps into their yard and threatens their home. They don't want to experience March all over again.

"There's a lot of hidden costs, like where would we stay? Would we have to be put up in a hotel? How would the pets be taken care of? We're already in debt from the last flood," Robert Smith said.

Carencro Mayor Glenn Brasseaux is always weary of an event like this happening again. Public works crews have tried to keep the ditches clear. The mayor says with the ground soaked from rain over the weekend he is still worried

"There's an uneasiness every time it starts raining. You just never know even with a small rain event. It may stall over Carencro or this area. It's scary. It really is.

The mayor has made sand and sandbags available for Carencro residents at the Carencro Community Center.

 

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