Mar 22, 2012 7:13 PM by Herbie Smith
Almost two weeks after flooding rains, some Carencro residents are still using boats to get in and out of their neighborhoods. Cynthia Scott lives on Saint Fidelis Street. She says last Monday's storm left five inches of water in her home, which caused her ceiling to cave in and floors to buckle. Now, mold is growing. "My ceiling is all wet with mildew. It rained again and it's all over my floors," said Scott. Scott's neighbor, Karen Trahan, is dealing with the same problems. "No matter where you step, my floor will sink in. Because of my cancer I'm afraid of the black mold," said Trahan.
Trahan says about five inches of water also washed into her home, which covered areas she said are impossible to dry. "We live in a damp area so the black mold will come. We just keep it bleached out." Dustin Lowe lives across the street from Trahan. He and family members are frustrated with getting in and out of the neighborhood, because they're still using a boat to leave. "It gets old after a week and a half of doing it. You can't get your kids back and forth to school. We live in a bowl; water from the roads drained into our neighborhood," said Lowe. The governor's office is now reviewing FEMA's assessments of individual damage information, and will determine whether the state will need federal help. FEMA teams have moved on to assessing public roads and infrastructure in St. Martin, St. Landry and Lafayette parishes.