Many are working to recover from flood damage after recent storms

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– Residents all across the Greater Baton Rouge area are continuing to recover from the flooding last week.

Just like many other neighborhoods across Baton Rouge, residents in the Westhaven Subdivision are working on recovering.

Piles of debris sit in front of many lawns after recent flooding and damage.

Westhaven Resident Margaret Alley said, “As you can see coming into the neighborhood there’s a lot of people that had to start taking outdoors and had to get rid of their furniture, unfortunately, and stuff like that.”

After a week since the initial storm,  those in places like Westhaven are still dealing with its effects.

Alley said, “This is the first day we don’t have water directly in front of our house, but if you look down there you can still see some water. So everybody is just trying to take it in and see what kind of damage they have.”

Courtesy: Jakob Alphonse

As you can see there’s still some standing water behind me. It’s about shin deep, and they say this standing water is causing things to stink. They just want things to get back to normal soon.

Even down the road at Burbank park, flood water still seemed to be a problem.

“It still is completely underwater. I passed by it yesterday and they are still closed because of the water still,” said Alley.

Many pointed to poor drainage as the issue.

Courtesy: Jakob Alphonse

Westhaven Resident Jarome Kelly said, “As you see we don’t have any drainage systems down this road as well. The only one drain we got is way down there towards the back.”

They said things just keep adding up.

Kelly said, “The pandemic kind of pushed everyone back. Plus, the flood. It just destroyed us.”

Residents called on community leaders for some kind of relief.

He added, “I just hope they come together and help out the community.”

Many homeowners hoped to get a lot done this week as warmer and drier weather is expected.

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