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Water levels beginning to return to normal in Livingston Parish after Alberto causes flooding

3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago Friday, June 21 2024 Jun 21, 2024 June 21, 2024 5:39 PM June 21, 2024 in News
Source: WBRZ

LIVINGSTON PARISH - High water still covers most of the road at Warsaw Marina, but the improvement from Wednesday is visible.

"I actually was working that morning and came in and was like what the hell?" said Austin Ford, a bartender at Kat's Warsaw Bar and Grill.

Their doors have been closed to the general public since Wednesday. That same day, the parish closed waterways to recreational traffic until further notice. 

"Of course our loyal patrons, the water's not going to keep them away. So, shrimp boots, kayaks, john boats, they're all here," Ford said.

The flooding from Tropical Storm Alberto, which made landfall in Mexico Thursday, isn't the worst Ford has seen in his years working at the bar. However, it came to him as a surprise that a storm so far away could impact waterways in Louisiana.

"You know a lot of us don't really watch the news especially not somewhere that has no relation to us so it comes as a shock to a lot of us," Ford said.

The water levels are decreasing steadily, and should return to normal in the coming days. Livingston Parish and Ascension Parish are set to re-open their waterways Saturday at 8 a.m., according to Livingston Parish.

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