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'Flood city' residents see no relief despite legal win

3 years 5 months 1 week ago Thursday, May 14 2015 May 14, 2015 May 14, 2015 6:53 PM May 14, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Alexa Vogue

NEW ROADS - Some homeowners in Pointe Coupee Parish say they're still waiting for a promised fix to bad drainage after hurricane Gustav destroyed about 80 homes in their neighborhood.

They say nothing has been done to prevent future flooding in the seven years since the storm.

"Someone has to take accountability that this area is safe so people could enjoy seeing summer coming," said Sylvia Williams. "You shouldn't have to be scared from 2008 to present that you may lose everything again."

Gustav destroyed homes in Pecan Acres subdivision off Highway 10 and New Roads Road. Residents sued the parish police jury and won, but say jurors haven't done anything since.

Police jury members tell News 2 they are using federal grant money to improve drainage and blame the federal government for the long process.

"What's needed right now are the right of ways so the work that needs to be done can get done," said Pointe Coupee Police Jury President, Mel Busche. "There are a lot of rules and regulations and that's what were dealing with."

Homeowners say they will sue again if they don't get results soon.

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