Posted: Sep 3, 2012 5:48 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Sep 3, 2012 5:48 PM
LAPLACE - Neighborhoods in St. John the Baptist Parish continued cleaning up homes today which had up to three feet of water inside of them just a few days ago.
Debris and damaged possessions stacked nearly ten feet high lined most streets as hundreds of homeowners waited for remediation teams to take it out of their front yards.
"Never seen anything like this," said Tommy Dean as he pointed toward a water mark around two feet high in his kitchen. "I've been living here since 93. Never had this experience before."
All of Dean's neighbors spent their Labor Day gutting their first floors. Nothing was spared in the flooding, and many compared it to damage in Lakeview after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
"We have over 10,000 homes in Laplace affected like this. This is a major disaster here," Dean said. "It would have been nice if they would have put levee protection around our area as well as New Orleans. All they did is protect New Orleans. They didn't protect the outlying areas. So the water had nowhere to go. So it had to come this way."
Unlike Dean, two doors down Tim Harvey plans to rebuild. He and a few friends from Baton Rouge spent the morning ripping sheetrock out of his living room. Harvey said now's the time for levees to be built along Lake Pontchartrain.
"The flooding here makes you wonder if the levees being fixed on the other side hurt us and Slidell," he said.