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Ponchatoula residents return home, begin assessing the damage

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BATON ROUGE - Some Tangipahoa residents returned home Monday night for the first time since historic floodwaters infiltrated their homes Friday.

People in on Ponchatoula neighborhood began salvaging what they could and assessing the damage. At least half of the 70 homes in the subdivision were damaged by high water.

Yards flooded over the weekend were filled with debris Monday night as people began the long process of fixing the damage left behind.

"You see this stuff on tv, but you never thing it happens this close to home," one residents says.

Homes here saw as 3 feet of water inside, leaving very little to salvage. With the help of family, furniture is finding its way to the road.

"It's sad to see, but down here we see it so often, I guess it's easy to know what to expect," she explains.

Others not so at ease. With the surreal sight of streets lined with people's possessions, it's still to be seen the total cost the historic flood will leave behind.

Many of the homes in the Ponchatoula neighborhood were still empty Monday night. Though people began the cleanup price, it will be days before the homes dry out so residents can sleep in their own beads ago.


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