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Mar 13, 2012 12:09 AM by Shawn Kline

Church Point, Carencro "sweeping out" water

The fast-rising waters caught many by surprise. Firefighters say more than 100 homes were cut-off in Church Point and in Carencro, dozens of people evacuated.

More than 12-inches of water in some places after just a few hours of rain. Flooding followed in upper Acadia Parish, St. Landry Parish and upper Lafayette Parish.
The flooding closed-off roads and many residents are still surrounded by water.

"It's unbelievable," Jason Briscoe said.

Briscoe, like many others, were stranded in Church Point.
More than 100-people were surrounded by water near Broadway Street on the south side of town.

"I'm 34-years old and I don't remember getting this much water back here," Briscoe said.

Many residents in Church Point tell KATC this is the worst they've seen in more than two decades.

Just a couple hours of rain brought more than three-feet of water in some areas and leaked into homes.

"We've got at least 3 or 4-inches in the other room," Doug Boone said. "It came in the house."

Boone could only watch the water surround his home.

Down the street from him, cars floated and more homes came dangerously close to sinking-under, leaving residents few options.

"Sweeping it out," Boone said. "What you can do is use mops and towels, that's about it."

Church Point firefighters worked with the Richard Fire Department to conduct nearly 40 rescue runs in Acadia Parish.
Iberia Parish firefighters assisted, supplying boats called-up for this rare flash flood.



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