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BATON ROUGE-- It's tough to tell whether some roads in Baton Rouge were for drivers or fish, because they looked more like rivers Wednesday morning.

At least a foot of water covered Scenic Highway near 72nd, leaving many drivers turning around instead of fording what looked more like the surf on a beach than a thoroughfare.

"I didn't know what to think," Reginald Mars told News 2.  "I didn't know whether I wanted to turn around or not-- i didn't want my car to get stuck."

Mars was sitting on the concrete median while he spoke with News 2.  He made it through the water minutes later.

Over on Lakeshore Drive, rushing water sounded like a raging river, leaving many drivers sitting at home rather than taking a risk and driving through it.

But even some folks who stayed at home couldn't avoid the waterlogged roadways.

McLendon Street in University Club was covered in water by the time the Department of Public Works showed up with its truck.

"If we would've received any more rain, the road could've become impassible, so it is a headache for everyone," Jared Givingo, University Club's property manager said.

It took DPW nearly 30 minutes to clean debris out of the drain, including trash, a completely filled sandbag, and concrete.  DPW spokespeople believe nearby construction adds to the debris.

Givingo told News 2 he caught one construction company cleaning out concrete into the drain.  It's what DPW believes partially blocked this drain.

"As long as we have construction, I'm sure that'll be a problem that we just have to deal with," Givingo said.

Still, he feels lucky the water over his road wasn't worse.

To report clogged drains or water-covered roadways in Baton Rouge, call 311.


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