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Flood water remains after Hurricane Delta in Evangeline Parish

Flood water remains after Hurricane Delta in Evangeline Parish
Posted at 5:43 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 20:35:59-04

EVANGELINE PARISH — Some parts of Acadiana are now seeing backwater flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta.
According to the National Weather Service, Bayou Cocodrie in Evangeline Parish has reached a major flood stage.
Some of that water spilling into the Lone Pine community in the parish. Tuesday morning, most of the water receded. However, there were still some flooded streets.

After Delta, the community began seeing flood waters. When Tammy Vidrine saw her community filled with water, she along with others and parish leaders quickly took action.

Vidrine is the creator of the community's facebook group.

"We saw one of our members posting that the water was rising over an inch an hour," Vidrine said. "That kind of kicked everything into gear."

She added, "When this flooding occurred, people couldn't go to work. People couldn't get to doctor appointments. We had FedEx and UPS drop off items here that we personally brought in, either by a lifted truck or tractor, to people in the back . Some of that was medicine . People couldn't get out."

Vidrine said they also delivered water, groceries and cleaning supplies to their neighbors. Vidrine also contacted the areas police juror who assisted them with getting sandbags. People from a nearby church also helped them with filling sandbags.

Vidrine says she took off from work to focus on helping the community.

"I was able to take off work and helped do this for my community because coworkers at Endurance Mortgage rallied together to help with my workload there," Vidrine said. "It allowed me the full week to help get supplies and distribute the supplies to community members."

Right now, the water is receding and isn't nearly as bad as it was. However, Vidrine is still monitoring roads using facebook to update her neighbors

"Every morning we take pictures of what's still flooded. We can post it on the community watch group. It's a private community watch group for our community members. It's to keep them updated on what roads are open. We're still going to work closely with the parish. Work with our senators and representatives to figure out what causes this, how to clean it up and get taken care of " Vidrine said.

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