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Water in homes in Iowa subdivision

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Here off Lambert Road in Iowa, there was flooding in two housing complexes next to each other -- Dogwood Place and Iowa Family Housing.

Those hardest hit discovered water coming inside their homes between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m.

Brittney and Daniel Ignaczak found themselves trying to escape flooding in the middle of the night with five small children.

Said Brittney, "It was really scary. All of our kids were crying and my husband is hurt, so he couldn't pick the kids up, so I had to go one by one and get them from the house and go put them in the van."

Daniel agreed.

"It was scary. We didn't know what was going to happen. Didn't even know if we were going to be able to get the vehicle out of the driveway. When we opened the door to the van the water was so high it flooded inside the van," he said.

Daniel is the family member who discovered water in the house.

"We woke up about 1 o'clock this morning and there was water coming in every side of the house. It got up to about six, maybe seven inches in the house. There's still about three inches in the house right now. I was  just in there and the power's on so I don't want to go back in until we can get Entergy out here to turn it off," he said.

Brittney said the family huddled together in their bedroom, until water made its way there too.

"We decided we needed to leave. It was around 2 or 2:15 because everything was starting to get soaking wet. We had nowhere for the kids to sleep," she said.

Others too, went through a hair raising experience as they discovered they were flooding.

Jeanette Shepherd was wading through flood waters when KPLC met her. She said she discovered water had entered her home when she woke up around 1 a.m.

"I had a shoe box pass, I could see, that woke me up. It was floating and that's how I got up and I had a small bit of water but enough to cause them to float," said Shepherd.

And even with daylight, it's been a nightmare. Shepherd and other residents said no one could use their toilets because the lift station was underwater.

"By the time it goes down, nobody can use their commode," said Shepherd.

Her friend Heather Pihl had come to help the family try to salvage some items.

"It's just been a mess. There's feces floating in their house. There's creatures coming in their house," said Pihl.

Jeanette confirmed it.

"Spiders, and frogs and little tiny worms. Little worms I haven't seen before. But with that gully behind it, when the water flows in it flows in. Anything on the street, leaves. It just comes in underneath the door," she said, as onlookers shuddered.

For others, the flooding was more of an inconvenience causing them to be stranded for a while. Some, including Myra Thomas, couldn't get to work or drive children to school.

"I had to go to work this afternoon and I'm not going to put my car through there. I don't want to chance messing up my car. I mean you can't even see the ditches and I don't have a truck so I'm not going anywhere. We stuck right now," said Thomas.

Eventually, the water started going down, though many in the subdivision worried whether there might be more rain to compound their problems.

Subdivision owner Larry Hoss blames the flooding on how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates flood gates for that area.

"The flooding's pretty simple. Over on Mims Road when they shut off the flood gates and nobody manned them from 7 last night to 7 this morning, you got pictures of the results of what happened. I had nothing to do with it. It'll flood again if they're not going to open the flood gate.  It's like putting a dam up. You're going to build a lake and that's exactly what the corps of engineers dug here. They backed the water up on us," said Hoss.

KPLC is trying to reach the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to get their response. But so far, we have not heard back.

The mayor of Iowa sent word of a meeting of town officials regarding the situation in the subdivision. Mayor Carol Ponthieux said they went to survey the situation and determined most residents there did not want to leave their homes in the subdivision. Due to the sewage plant not working, the mayor said they were going to bring in portable commodes.

Also, she said she talked to Hoss, the subdivision owner, who indicted he has a crew coming to help fix problems at residents' homes. She said Calcasieu Emergency Operations Officials are coordinating. The mayor said the council member for that area, Errol Marshal, is on top situation.

As well, the mayor said the town will try to do what it can to assist the people recovering from the flooding.

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