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Ville Platte floods as Barry's remnants push through on Monday

Posted: 9:38 PM, Jul 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-15 22:52:00-04
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VILLE PLATTE —

Monday morning, many people woke up to heavy rains and flooding in Evangeline Parish.

Flooded and impassible roadways is what residents were left with after Tropical Storm Barry's remnants pushed through the area.

Even though this area didn't see much during the storm, many have seen flooding throughout the parish. Some in Ville Platte say that this flooding could've been avoided.

One of Ville Platte's main roads was unrecongiznable.

"Can't even see the road right now," resident Javonski Mitchell said. "I can't even describe this, we need some help."

Right outside of homes, floodwaters. Residents like Helena Joseph started doing what she could to clean up.

"Sweep all that trash that's coming from neighbor yard. trying to clean up i don't like a nasty yard," Joseph said. "Oh i don't know how high it is , but it's high enough,!"?

The height of the water, making it difficult for many to leave by car. Resident Mitchell Arnau left his vehicle and had to wade in the waters.

"I couldn't drive, i put on some hip boots to get to the house," Arnau said.

Neighbors waiting for the water to go down but some believe there's a large issue behind this sight.

"If they would clean that canal. yes we would still have water, but it wouldn't be as bad as this," Arnau said.

Neighbors say a canal filled with debris is preventing the water from going down faster than they would like it to.

"We pay for drainage services, we pay taxes for this. They used to clean up the canal they don't anymore," Arnau explained.

While they wait for the water to go down, they're hoping to go back to a sense of normalcy soon.

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine said she admits it's been a while since the canals have been cleaned but with the amount of rain that came down in such a short time, this would've been the same outcome. she says the area recieved up to 15 inches of rain in a few hours.

Vidrine said some of the debris came from the tornadoes the town experienced a few months ago, but she says the city is working with the police jury to get those cleaned.

The mayor says that will happen once the weather clears up.