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People in Kaplan see flooding, knocked over trees after storm

Posted at 6:00 PM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 19:29:48-04

From big pieces of hail to powerful winds knocking a tree out of its roots and onto a home, the storm scared many Kaplan residents this morning as it was blowing through.

Most of the flooding from earlier has already gone down but people are just glad it wasn’t worse.

“When I saw all that wind blowing I just went to take cover,” said Mary Romero, who lives across the street from where the tree had fallen over.

“It was horrible, oh my god, the water it was bad I never seen it like that,” she said.

Students crossed through the water after they were let out of school early and one bus even had to be rescued from flood waters. To read our story on that, click here.

To see more of our storm coverage and the damage, click here.

Todd Broussard, who’s yard was flooded, grabbed his shovel and took it upon himself to clear the leaves from the storm drains in his neighbor’s yard.

“I’m just trying to help the water flow, clearing up the drains and trying to ease the flooding in Kaplan. As soon as its out her yard, it’s out my yard and down into the bayou then to the gulf,” Broussard laughed.

But he knows this isn’t the end of it and hopes his small gesture will help in the coming days.

“We got a little bit of everything this morning. It came all at once but I’m glad it’s gone and I hope we don’t see this for a few more days but the way it’s looking we’re going to have a few more rounds of it,” said Broussard.

And while the weather is a bit calmer now people here are hoping that this weekend’s storms won’t cause even more damage.

According to Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon, significant amounts of rainfall in Vermilion Parish today have resulted in minor flooding of Parish roadways.

1) Alexander Rd

2) Robie Circle

3) Old Kaplan Hwy.

4) Ollie Rd.

5) Conrad Rd.

6) Columbus Rd.

Sheriff Couvillon says that there are no reported road closures at this time, but urges motorist to use extreme caution while traveling.