Posted: Jan 21, 2013 9:21 PM by Adrian Pittman
Updated: Jan 21, 2013 9:21 PM
MAUREPAS- Residents are cleaning up in lower Livingston Parish after a week of rain flooded streets, homes, and businesses.
They say nine days of rain couldn't have come at a worse time.
Now that the water is gone, folks like the Vicknairs can start picking up the pieces and try again.
Hurricane Isaac flooded their home last August.
They were on the rebound of recovering from that until this recent rain.
"We were at a stand still and now my husband got back to work, the kids got back to school, now we can start back on the house again," said Jodi Vicknair.
A few blocks over, the Kitchens are starting anew after their home was drenched with water from Isaac, but the recent rain but a stop to all of that.
"It's a real emotional thing. You look out and you think you're about to go through the same thing, especially the speed of the water the way it came up so quick," said Christopher Kitchens.
He and his family spent their Martin Luther King Junior Day, cleaning up.
"There's a lot of cleaning after a flood. Mud and everything else settles on flat surfaces. You are bleaching, cleaning, and spraying everything in sight, just hoping it want be back soon," said Kitchens.
But despite all the obstacles and flooding these families endure, they say they walk away different people.
"It kind of strengthens the family. We all pull together, neighbors, and everything. All those people are good people and we all know each other. Without them it would be a lot worse," said Kitchens.