Well, I imagine that all of my family and friends that do not live in our area have heard of the devastating flooding that we are enduring. I have seen some flooding in my life and thought that what I've seen was bad. But, folks, I've never seen anything like what NE Louisiana is experiencing right now.
There are sandbagging sites where folks have worked tirelessly to protect their homes and most went under anyway. Most of the homes are in areas that one would not ever expect to flood. We are at a little over 20" rainfall in the last 48 hours and it isn't over.
This is a funeral home in a neighboring town and in an area that they probably never thought they would see this type of flooding.
There are many, many impassable highways, roads and even a large portion of Interstate 20 was closed yesterday and may still be. Some folks have ventured into the high water on the roads and have been swept away. Many men have gotten their aluminum boats to go in and help rescue families that needed to evacuate but could not get out.
This is a huge culvert that is right at the driveway of our old house. My husband has been telling the Police Jury for 2 years that it needed replacing and it finally collapsed Wed. night and now cars cannot get in or out of that part of the subdivision. Update: it has been temporarily repaired now.
This is a picture of our old house on Wednesday evening. Water did not get in the house and we are more than grateful. It did get in the shop but it was basically empty, has a concrete floor and it is okay. We are blessed in that the water in that area is moving water and any break in the rain allows it to go down very quickly. Many are in areas where the water is not moving and it just keeps getting higher and higher with each bit of rain. It rains quicker than it can drain off.
This is a picture of the road at the bottom of the hill where we now live. You can see the tail lights on a truck slowly making his way out. There is water as far as the eye can see. These are crops and the devastation this causes our local farmers is far reaching. Hubby has been able to get out in his truck by driving very slowly but I have not dared to venture out by myself and won't.
Hubby has been an agent with State Farm for 42 years and has never experienced anything like this type of flooding before. We have had devastating hail storms and some flooding in his career but nothing like this. And, what is so sad that lots and lots of the folks affected by this flooding do not have flood insurance. This means their losses will be their total financial responsibility. Some think that flooding is an extension of their homeowners and it is not, it is a total separate policy. So, Tommy and his staff have been dealing with a lot of overwhelmed individuals. It is so heart breaking to watch. Yes, it is mainly material losses but I don't think there is anyone that would not find that tough to deal with. The recovery will be slow at best and some may never recover.
My heart is so sad as so many that I know and love are in such a bad way and their losses are overwhelming. I pray that the Lord will sustain and comfort each of them as they face the difficult days of recovery.