Date: 2021-09-17 00:56:15
DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (BRPROUD) — Livingston Parish sees water over roads as the remnants of Nicholas dumps more rain in the area.
Buddy Ellis Road in Denham Springs received flooding, with standing water seen on Thursday. People in that area say Colyell Creek is overflowing onto the roadway.
“As soon as the creek goes down. That [road] goes down,” said Denham Springs resident Lisé Ayers.
Some cars risked going through the water and stalling their vehicles, while others turned around.
Denham Springs resident Cody Pollard said those speeding through the water are causing problems for their homes.
“We just ask people to slow down. The faster you drive through the waters, [it] is just going to keep pushing closer and closer to our home and then get higher and higher and create more of a concern for us to live in here,” he said.
Nearby residents are concerned that with more rain, the water could get even worse.
“Because if it floods, we are kind of stuck. Just like everybody, you know, when you talk about grab the dog and head for the attic,” said Ayers.
“If we get any more rain, then it’s is going to be a major issue. You know, as you can see, it’s already an issue,” said Pollard.
She says the new development across the street isn’t helping either.
“Rain is just backing up in the culverts, and because of that, their side is protected. They built the ground high enough to just push it over on our side,” Ayers explained.
They are hoping community leaders will help fix this problem.
“I hope [city leaders] will try to make this area more of a priority because this has happened more frequent than what we would like it to because any time there is a flash flood warning or a hurricane that comes about, it’s always a concern, especially with a creek right there behind us,” said Pollard.
Local leaders urge when residents are faced with high water to turn around and don’t drown.
Livingston Parish is under a flash flood watch until Friday night.