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After severe weather, Crowley residents experience back water flooding

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While the severe weather is over, more communities are seeing water. In Acadia Parish, back flooding is taking its toll on the city of Crowley. Tonight the Mermentau River quickly rising. It's now flowing into Bayou Plaquemine and affecting the city of Crowley.

While cars try to pass through the flooded North Parkerson Avenue in Crowley, Sherree Lejeune watches the wake push the water closer to home. Inch by inch, the water rises putting her home in jeopardy. 

"This morning when we first woke up it wasn't even up to the first crack on our cement," Lejeune said Monday afternoon. " Now it's ankle deep around the house." 

Flood waters from the severe weather went down on Saturday, but Sunday morning residents awoke to more flooding. "I never would of thought it would of gotten this bad," Lejeune said. "The house isn't high at all. It would be heart breaking if we would lose it all."  

Water from the Mermentau River is entering Bayou Plaquemine, which surrounds Crowley. Because of the back flooding, some areas reached up to 5 feet of water.

"We're seeing the  secondary flooding coming from the Mermentau river coming up," police chief Jimmy Broussard said. 

"We're praying that the water recedes. That will make the waters slow down at least which will give us more of a hold on it. We're hoping that the Mertmentau will crest because we know when it does things will start to subsidize and empty out."  

As the day goes by Lejeune and her family can do nothing but wait and watch the water.

"All we can do is wait," Lejeune said. "wait and see what's going to happen. If the water keeps coming up we're going to have to leave."  

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