Mar 15, 2012 11:16 PM by Maddie Garrett

Stranded Residents in Carencro Receive Aid

Residents are still stranded in Carencro, four days after flash flooding. The high water is not only cutting them off, but now contaminating the drinking water for about 30 homes on Smith Reed Road. The problem is backwater flooding from the Vermilion River, about a mile away from the neighborhood. The subdivision gets its water from a self-sustaining water system, that's now underwater.

Thursday afternoon Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office and the Red Cross arrived to bring assistance to the families, including medicine and 60 cases of water.

"We we're told of certain elderly residents that needed certain medications so we got lists of those types of things. Once we got our supplies, now we're just going door to door dropping off supplies making sure everybody's ok," said Deputy John Shea.

But before Thursday neighbor Charlie Courville was the only help residents were receiving. Using his own pirogue, Courville is the unofficial ferry across Smith Reed Road

"If anybody needed a ride across to their vehicles or back to their homes it wasn't no big deal," said Courville.

But it was a big deal, as Courville's neighbors said he was a life saver by taking them to get food, medicine, go to work or the doctor's office. They say he was always ready at the water's edge.

"He has really been a big help to the subdivision and he's come through for all of us," said Dana Guthrie, one of Courville's passengers.

Courville said he's not alone though, his neighbor also helps ferry people across the water.

"I don't want to take all the credit because he's helped out a lot too, so just doing what we have to do to help people," said Courville.

The Sheriff's Office said everyone who needed help today was taken care of and deputies will be back Friday to check on residents and check on the water levels.



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