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The water rises - but New Iberia is home

Posted at 9:50 PM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 00:09:19-04

The aftermath of Hurricane Laura continues to linger throughout Acadiana.

Residents in New Iberia woke up to inches of water outside their homes this morning.

Even though the water levels were high, it wasn't unexpected; they wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

"With all the water from New Iberia rushing in right here, it doesn't have enough time to escape before some more comes in," says Jerry Maturin.

The water levels started to rise much higher than ankle deep on Hazard Road this morning. Residents say they expect this to happen after every rain.

"Every time a hurricane come around it gets like this. If it rains too hard, water will come up right here. We catch all the backflow from town," Maturin says.

A New Iberia native, Maturin says he had six inches of water outside his home Thursday morning.

"We'll all help one another out and that's what community is about and we love it," he says. "I love it back here. I just wish this wouldn't happen too often."