Residents in lower St. Martin Parish experienced severe flooding over the weekend.
The high water levels were caused by multiple factors according to Parish President Chester Cedars.
He said ice melting in the Ohio Valley, excess rain in that area, and heavy rain in our region have all played a part in causing the flooding.
The Parish Government was warned about the possible increase of water back in February and began preparing in March.
“We began distributing sandbags the day after Mardi Gras. From that day to now we estimate we have distributed almost 75,000 bags of sand,” says Cedars.
Six to ten parish public works crew members have been assigned to pump roads and try to keep water from homes since preparations began.
“I don’t know what anybody can do to get the water out of here,” says Jerome Price, a resident of Stephensville.
He’s been putting sandbags in his front yard for four years, working to build up his home.
“It’s coming through the ground, it’s coming from the bayou, it’s coming from the swamp. It is what it is. I don’t know what they can do.”
“We will continue to provide the manpower and the resources necessary to protect the region as best as we can. Can we eliminate the water? No, but we are doing everything we can,” says Cedars.
Officials ask that no one move or attempt to go around barricades or high water signs that have been put in place.
They also ask that drivers be respectful to those who live in these affected areas and do not attempt to drive through standing water on the roadway.
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