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Flood preparation creates lots of work in St. Landry Parish

4 years ago May 16, 2011 May 16, 2011 Monday, May 16 2011 Monday, May 16, 2011 4:09:34 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones, Rachel Frost

KROTZ SPRINGS - Some people in the Three Mile Lake area of St. Landry Parish are doing everything they can to save their property, including raising them almost a full story off the ground.

Rita Hernandez and her husband paid a contractor to raise a house in their campground eight feet in the air to keep it from being flooded. They said while that may seem extreme, they'd invested a lot into the house and wanted it to be saved if possible.

And they're not the only ones; the contractor doing the job told News 2 that the flooding has also brought him a deluge of customers who want help saving their homes, so many he's had to turn customers away.

"They want to lift their houses and camps. I mean, a lot of them, that's their permanent residence. It's their blood, sweat, and tears. That's what they have, so they want to save it," Keven Spell, owner of Spell House Moving, said.

For Hernandez, this is just another historic event to test the resilience of people from South Louisiana.

"We come back. If it's not a hurricane from the south, it's a flood coming from the north," Hernandez said.

The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office put out a mandatory evacuation to people who lived in low-lying areas of the parish this weekend. Krotz Springs is predicted to get up to ten feet of water.

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