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Darrow residents concerned about rising flood waters

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Posted: Dec 9, 2009 4:38 PM by Dana Hackett
Updated: Dec 9, 2009 5:53 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Darrow, flood, water, Ascension, rain

While parts of Ascension Parish are drying up from heavy rains this week, other parts are seeing flood waters rise.

Residents who live off Galaxy Boulevard in Darrow said water has been rising since the rain stopped Tuesday. Some are stranded, unable to get to work or school.

The neighborhood got 5.7 inches of rain. Water is still covering streets, yards, and flooding people's homes. Water is more than two feet deep in some places.

"We picked up crawfish and we saw spiders," said Tamala Belle, a resident. "They had a little snapping turtle. I don't want my kids to get out here and anything wrap around their legs because we can't see what's in the water."

The parish delivered sandbags to the neighborhood on Tuesday. But residents said that is only helping so much. They want the water pumped out.

According to parish officials, there are no mobile pumps that can be moved around to pump water out of neighborhoods. They are waiting for river levels to go down. The parish's main pumping stations are still running at full capacity.

The parish plans to install a new drainage and sewage system next year that should be operating by 2012.

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