The Livingston Parish News: Tallying the damage, ‘they really saved the day,’ and more..

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TALLYING THE DAMAGE | Local officials requesting businesses, homes report damage from yesterday’s storms

Where, when, and how damages occurred from Thursday morning’s extreme weather is on the mind of public officials Friday morning.

Requests are being made for anyone who experienced damages from water in their homes or the tornado which ripped through the southern portion of Livingston Parish – specifically the Satsuma and Colyell area – to call and report the type of damage and its extent.

‘It was like déjà vu’ | Livingston Parish residents get right to work following Thursday’s heavy storms

Birdie Pourciau had been through this before.

In August 2016, floodwater filled Pourciau and her husband’s home on Pleasant Ridge Drive in Walker, forcing a complete rebuild. She still has a picture saved on her phone of the water, which was near the roof of her one-story home.

Hardly a year after moving back in their home, the Pourciaus found themselves in a familiar position — having to clean their home after a storm.

They really saved the day’ | Livingston Parish Animal Shelter takes in dogs after Walker shelter takes in water

Mary Gray felt like she’d been punched in the stomach.

Walking into the Walker Animal Shelter on Thursday, she was shocked to see water coming in from outside and inside the building off Ball Park Road near Sidney Hutchinson Park.

With several inches of water covering the floor, Gray’s mind immediately went back to August 2016, when the shelter was engulfed in 2 ½ feet of floodwater. This storm wasn’t as bad as that one, but seeing water in the shelter brought all those memories back.

Walker officials highlight areas of concern for flooding in wake of heavy rains

After nearly eight inches of rain fell on Friday morning, Walker is still in the process of drying out. Walker Elementary and the City Hall were among the buildings that took on water across Livingston Parish.

Mayor Jimmy Watson said pointed to a couple of areas of concern including the West Colyell Creek and the difficulty of water getting passed the interstate.

Denham Springs Council to vote on budget Tuesday night, flood recovery just getting started

It’s been three years since the Great Flood of 2016, but time means little in the face of the process of recovery.

Each piece will be replaced or fixed when the time, and money, are available.

At first glance, the proposed budget for the city of Denham Springs looks conservative, and it is – expected revenues sit at $15,054,444 and expenses total $15,157,830, equating to a loss of $103,000.

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