PARISH FACES FLOOD MISERY
Fri, 2014-07-25 09:42 News Staff
Heavy rainfalls in parish cause flooding
I was having a casual Sunday afternoon telephone conversation with a friend from Lakeview and he asked, "Is it raining in St. Bernard?” I said no, then two minutes later I heard the rain hitting the metal roof of the house. The down pour began. I continued my phone call for 30 minutes or so while looking outside. The sidewalk in front of the house had six inches of water and the street was covered. I grabbed my camera and dashed out barefooted into my truck. Old Arabi had water crossing and covering most of the streets. Mehle was like a bayou– the 1900 block nearly three plus feet of water according to a long-time resident, and Friscoville had a current running down it near the grocery store. The drains were working. You could see whirlpools sucking the water down. The rain was coming down as if someone were pouring it by the buckets, not the usual rain drops. I called to ask a few long-time residents where the known trouble spots for rainfall flooding were. They had various answers, so I began to look for myself.
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