Jan 11, 2013 7:07 PM by Chris Welty

Backwater Flooding a Concern, Residents Evacuate

Water in Acadia Parish is starting to rapidly rise causing backwater flooding. In the town of Evangeline on LA-100, dozens of residents are packing up looking for higher ground.

"We really didn't expect it to come in this fast," said Brandi Clay.

In a matter of hours this morning, water surrounded the Clay family home on LA-100 in the town of Evangeline.

"When we got up at seven, it was time to start moving stuff out," said Clay.

They moved appliances and other valuables from lower ground to their house which is eight feet above ground.

A similar scene for dozens of other families on LA-100, packing up and evacuating. The water rose about an inch an hour, two feet since Thursday.

"You can't predict this stuff and you don't see it coming. Just try to have a plan in place," said Martin Simar.

His family has lived in their home for 78 years. He says the water hasn't been this bad in 28 years since Hurricane Juan in 1985.

"We're going to start picking everything up by tonight or tomorrow if it doesn't slow down," said Simar.

The high water isn't the only concern.

"Spiders are bad right now and you'll see ants floating on piles. They climb on each other and float, plus snakes of course."

Some are just trying to make the best of a bad situation.

"I've been riding my four-wheeler in it, but my mom keeps telling me no!"
"But you do it anyway?"
"Oh yeah," said Brett Clay.

The Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office has boats on standby. If you need to be rescued, call their office at (337) 788-8700 or 9-1-1.

Chris Welty



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