Heavy rains flood rural roads in Beauregard Parish - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Heavy rains flood rural roads in Beauregard Parish

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Residents see some dangerous high water situations in rural Beauregard Parish.

"It's just a lot of rain," says Johnny Sharp. "It's been a bunch, maybe it will be over with pretty soon."

The crashing waves on Loftin Road south of Deridder brought no day at the beach for residents.

"There is six to seven inches across the road," says Joe Toler, Chief Deputy for the Beauregard Sheriff's Office.

Toler says this isn't the first time Loftin Road has flooded like this. 

"When we do have a large amount of rain in a short period of time, this is usually the result and it's only because the water just doesn't have any place to go," says Toler.

Johnny Sharp has lived in this area his entire life and he says he can remember one close call.

"One time I was worried," says Sharp. "These hard rain and flooding went on for several days and that's when that happened."

But Sharp says he doesn't let the rain get in the way of his plans.

"I just don't go that way," says Sharp. "I take a different route to town."

But the rain doesn't stop some residents from taking chances.

"This morning we had some drivers attempt to drive through," says Toler. "It caused their cars to flood out, but we got them out safely."

That is why it is best not to try it if you can't even see the ditches.

"This particular road connects with Graybow Road," says Toler. "If they would not come this way and take the long way around and avoid the high water if at all possible."

The Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office will continue notifying residents of any more road closures.

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