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Residents on Lafayette’s southside dealing with water in homes

Posted at 10:03 PM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-06 23:16:28-04

Parts of south Lafayette Parish are still dealing with several inches of water. For some neighborhoods, it’s a bad case of déjà vu. One neighborhood off of Duhon Road flooded in 2016 and once again on Thursday.

The neighborhood looked like a river, but in reality, it was streets and yards covered in several inches of water.

“The neighbor next door to me has flooded I think three times since 2016. Every time it rains, we are on an island or we get water in our houses,” Chad Carriere said.

The residents say the flooding didn’t start until after the rain finished on Thursday, and within an hour the water continued to rise.

One resident even put out his own barricades, in hopes that people would slow down and stop pushing water into other homes.

“There are several homes that got water in them. One down the road and mine. I have about two or three inches of rain in my house and the guy down the road has six,” Duhon said.

Some people started tearing up the flooring in their homes, just as they did in 2016.

“I know we are in a flood zone, but there is a lot going on with the Vermilion River and the Ile Des Cannes Road coulee, that really needs to be addressed eventually or this is going to keep occurring,” Duhon said.

Resident Wendy Breaux says the neighborhood is still recovering.

“Cost-wise we are still recuperating from the 2016 flood. I just got cabinets in my kitchen. Most of us are still recovering,” Breaux said.