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May 29, 2014 7:34 PM by Kari Beal

Rayne residents stranded and kayaking after floods

Many residents across Acadia Parish are stranded and even boating to get around. One neighborhood located off of Speech Street in Rayne has up to four feet of water in some areas.

More rain is forecasted this weekend, which is not what these residents want to hear. They say since their houses are prompted up water hasn't gotten inside, but it's still a major problem.

"It's flooded here the last few years, but this is the worst we've ever had it. It's not going anywhere. The coulee is flooded, the crawfish ponds are backing up and we are just here," Rayne resident Marcia Daigle said.

There are about five houses across nine acres of this Rayne neighborhood. The residents on the north end, farthest from the road, cannot get across by vehicle so one resident is delivering groceries via Kayak. Resident Robert McPherson said he contacted the Acadia Parish President to see if there was anything that could be done, but didn't receive good news.

"I talked to them about the drainage back here. Basically they said there is nothing they can do. They are waiting for it to go down, but that is all they can do at this point," McPherson said.

Resident Marcia Daigle said at least for now they have to adjust to a primitive lifestyle and it's not a pleasant situation.

"It's not good when you can't use your bathroom and you can't flush your toilet, cause then it might overflow into your house. I didn't sleep last night, just worried that it would come into the house," Daigle said.

Acadia Parish officials said that once the water goes down they plan to look into the issue and see if there's anything they can do.


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