‘I get nervous every time we have a heavy rain,’ woman fears her home will flood again

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Sarah Campbell and her husband Lewis have lived in the three lakes subdivision for 19 years.

“It gets very emotional thinking about how it was and what we had to go through to get back in our house,” she said.

Together they have created a lifetime of memories, but one thing she says she’ll never forget is the 2016 flood.

I never thought that we would be flooded,” she said.

Campbell says during the flood she and her husband had to be rescued by the Cajun Navy. Together they paddled to safety.

“We had four to five feet of water inside [our house],” she said.

Years later and Campbell says her neighborhood still floods. It’s a problem she says never happened until 2016.

“I get nervous every time we have a heavy rain,” she said.

Now every time it rains she says she becomes emotional and instantly remembers that day.

“I have flashbacks to 2016…I don’t want to have to go through that again,” she said.

The anxiety Campbell feels even influences her daily decisions, like which car to drive during a bad storm.

“If I have to go somewhere and I know it’s going to be raining I’d rather take [my husbands] truck that’s higher up,” she said.

She says shes frustrated about what she calls inaction on the part of the city to correct her neighborhoods flooding and drainage issues.
“Nothing gets done,” Campbell said.

Campbell isn’t the only one. Monday night, residents living in Walker and throughout Livingston Parish voiced their drainage concerns at a town hall meeting all saying they’re fed up with their homes flooding.

“We’re getting more rain on a regular basis. You can show me all kinds of slides, but you have not come up with one solution,” one resident said.

Walker city officials say since the 2016 flood, they’ve cleaned over 20 thousand feet of ditches and replaced over a hundred culverts, but some residents say that isn’t enough.

Congressman Garret Graves announced today that Livingston parish will receive a 5.3 million dollar federal grant to elevate 88 homes that were damaged during the 2016 flood.

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