Baker neighborhood recovering from Hurricane Delta

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BAKER, La. (BRPROUD) – A neighborhood in Baker is just getting its power back on Monday, days after Hurricane Delta made landfall.

The water has finally receded in front of Sharon Olden’s home after inches of rain poured for hours.

“It was only the act of God that truly kept everything for me and for my extended family that’s here,” Olden said.

Caroleen Washington also lives in Baker. She says it’s gotten to the point where she fears the worst whenever it rains.

“It gets so bad you need a boat to get out,” Washington said. “Every time it rains, anytime it rains, this street floods.”

Both women blame the flooding on drainage systems, but parish officials say when it comes to a downpour as massive as the one Hurricane Delta brought, there’s nothing they can do.

“When you get that kind of rain in a short period of time our system just isn’t ready and won’t be able to handle it, Fred Raiford said in a news conference Friday.

But, these women say they’re not giving up on their homes.

“I’m not going to let this water run me, I’m going to figure out how to get the best of this water which means being prepared,” Olden said.

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