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Vermilion Sheriff's deputies surveying damage

Hunter Davis
Posted at 8:46 PM, Jul 14, 2019

In Vermilion Parish, the Sheriff is surveying the damage left behind by the storm.

Reporter Hunter Davis from our sister station KXXV in Waco, went along to see how the parish fared. You can follow her on Facebook hereand on Twitter here .

Davis was in Henry, where the Sheriff was taking at what was left behind after Barry made its way through. What is normally farmland completely under water. The sheriff's department says they use this amphibious vehicle, not only for water rescues, but to survey the damage.

The Vermilion sheriffs department has been driving around the parish all day-- making sure people aren't trapped in their homes and also trying to give people a guess for when they may be able to return home.

James Gleason who is with the high water rescue team says, fortunately they only had one rescue since Barry made landfall.

Since then-- they have been surveying the area to give people a better idea about what's happening.

"It's not always all about going out and doing rescue missions, it's about all the other things like the scouting missions for water levels on the roadway. The going out and checking utility stations and pumps and generators that would be inaccessible otherwise if you didn't have vehicles like this," Gleason says.

The department is using several resources , including the amphibious machine our crews rode on today.

This vehicle can not only drive on roadways, but it can also float in high water.

The sheriffs department says they will continue to survey the damage until every road in the parish is passable.