Parts of Livingston feel relief after heavy rain: not for long

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Friday, May 30, 2014 - 4:27pm

After days of intense rain, some people are wading through flood waters, others got lucky.

One Livingston Parish woman says she prayed she wouldn't get flooded out, like she has in the past. It seems her prayers were answered for now.

Some houses on the border of Ascension and Livingston Parish are sitting in inches of water, after days of rain.

"I have seen Gonzales and those areas are really bad. They are experiencing what I did for Isaac," said Sharon Kay James.

Sharon got lucky this time. She didn't experience bad flooding but she just prays everyday she doesn't get hit with a storm like Isaac, that year her house was flooded with 16 inches of water.

"I will feel blessed if it doesn't get in my house, that’s all I ask that it doesn't get in my house."

She’s been in this home for 44 years and she refuses to leave, no matter what.

"I think about it, but this is home. This is home."

Even after all the rain, storms and hurricanes she says it’s worth the struggle.

“I raised my 5 children here," noted James.

Now, with more rain on the way all Sharon can do is preparing as best she can and hope she doesn't get hit, again.

"You get anxious to know if it’s going to get in and if it does how much damage its going to do and how are you going to get it repaired."

Because even though it’s been about two years since Isaac Sharon’s home, is still not back to normal.

"FEMA helped me but it wasn't nearly enough, my house is still not finished."

The Office of Emergency Preparedness hasn't gotten any reports of flooded homes. The two areas with flooded roadways are Port Vincent and the chinquapin canal area. But people are still out driving around.
 

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