Flooding in Allen Parish make some roads impassable - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Allen Parish flooding makes some roads impassable

ALLEN PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

On the north side of the Calcasieu River in Allen Parish, heavy rains made the river rise, causing flooding problems throughout the parish. Unlike in other more populated areas, the flooding in Allen didn't result in residential property damage. 

"We had one instance of a power line falling, but I'm not aware of anyone having house flooding because of this storm," said Allen Parish Sheriff, Doug Hebert Jr.  

Good for residential homeowners, bad for landowners who live in outlying areas. Like in rural Oberlin. 

"On this particular road right here, it was impassable with a small vehicle earlier this morning," said Oberlin resident, Michael Manuel. "It's probably still impassable with a small vehicle but you can get through with a truck."

As of 2:30 a.m. Thursday, Hebert and the Sheriff's Office listed over 20 parish roads that were covered in water.  

The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office didn't respond to any residential flooding calls, but high water on rural roads meant a day off of school for students who live in areas where the water was so high, school buses couldn't reach them. 

"Since we thought that number would be relatively small, it seemed better to give a few kids the day off as opposed to shutting down the whole system," said Sheriff Hebert. 

12 year-old Josh McGee was one of those lucky students who got a free day off from school. 

"If it's usually flooded like this, the buses don't usually come here that much," said McGee. "There was one bus, but I don't ride it, so my mom said we could just stay home today and she said she wasn't taking her car out here." 

According to School Superintendent Mike Doucet, Josh's absence won't count against him. 

"We make concessions for our students," said superintendent Doucet. "When they do return to school, we make sure that they make up work, and it's all excused." 

For residents like Manuel, rain and floodwater is just all a part of the game.

"It's kind of a ritual, you just learn to watch the river depth and you just move out and move back in... just a way of life," Manuel said. 

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