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Heavy rain floods homes in West Baton Rouge

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Posted: Jul 25, 2010 10:29 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: Jul 25, 2010 10:30 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: rain, flooding, homes, West Baton Rouge, Brusly, Port Allen, Bonnie, Rachel Frost, WBRZ

Dozens of homeowners in West Baton Rouge woke up to nearly a foot of water in their homes Sunday.

The remnants of Bonnie hit neighborhoods in Brusly and Port Allen, dumping more water on the area than some residents have seen in decades.

"I thought maybe a little bit of rain, a little rain a little wind, nothing like this. The water was up right to the bottom of the door and then it started coming in, and there was just no stopping it," said West Baton Rouge resident David Ducote.

West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Mike Cazes also spent the day cleaning up his home that flooded. Parish leaders believe the old drainage system could be to blame for the flooding.

"That's the problem we have is that we only have a couple of main drains that goes under LA-1," said Sheriff Cazes.

As disaster recovery crews helped residents pump water out of their homes, emotions ran high for many folks not knowing when they can go home.

"All you can do is start over. I'm still alive that's the good part," said West Baton Rouge resident Bunny Lemay.

Homeowners are planning to meet with parish leaders in the coming weeks to discuss a plan to fix the drainage problem in their neighborhood.

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