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Dec 9, 2009 7:10 PM by Kate Mundy

Resident Cleanup After Floods in New Iberia

Clean-up is underway following this week's heavy rain and floods in New Iberia. Several streets were under water. The worst of it was centered around Shot and Shelton Streets.

Water even managed to pour into elevated homes.Eight inches of rain and fast flood waters left some families with a huge mess to clean up.

"We're cleaning the mildew off the walls," said Shot Street resident Natasha Bourque. She just moved her family of 8 into the trailer. "We got here, not even a night, we opened our door and they had water all over," said Bourque.

So now, instead of decorating, they're forced to pull out wet carpet and clean. Even the family car was underwater. They're doing their best to dry it out, but it still won't start.

Many families are dealing with the same nightmare. The water came without warning, leaving no time for anyone to save their stuff. "Everything is mildewed, some of the kids clothes," said Carmesha Jackson.

Wednesday, city workers pumped out drains filled with leaves and trash and inmate work crews cleaned up the trash that floated freely through neighborhoods at the height of the flooding.

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