Vermilion residents still fight flooding - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Vermilion residents still fight flooding

While many in Southwest Louisiana feel they dodged a bullet with the heavy rain and flooding, that's not the case for an area near Lake Arthur, just over the Vermilion Parish line.

In the Lakeside and Cypress Point communities there, some people have water in their homes and have been fighting it for nearly a week.

The water may be going down but not fast enough for residents in the community known as Lakeside. It's just over the Lake Arthur bridge right across the Vermilion Parish line. A number of people have water in their homes -- and if they are still living in their homes, must park nearby and take a boat or large vehicle to get to their property. 

Kevin Sonnier said there's not much they can do until the water goes down.

"I'm one of the lucky ones. I don't have water in my house but I do have water in my guest house. I have a lot of friends that have water in their homes and it's just extremely aggravating. It's extremely hard to get in and out of here. I mean, we've been using boats, tractors, four wheelers, some cases with four wheel drive trucks you can get in and out," said Sonnier.

He said he has never seen the water so high.

"In some places you probably got 18 inches of water. I'd say it's going to be here another five days at least. It's going to affect the area tremendously. You got a lot of rotten homes, it's going to be big. It was a foot and a half higher than I've ever seen it. That's my estimation,  a foot and a half higher than I've ever seen it," Sonnier said.

Meanwhile, he said neighbors are trying to look out for one another.

"Everybody's just helping one another and making it happen," he said.

On the opposite side of Highway 14 is the little community known as Cypress Point. Travis Dupuis and some of his neighbors have water in their homes.

"This is my shop. It has a total of 9 inches of water. I have an outdoor kitchen in it. It flooded.  My home is also flooded. It's run, run, run," he said.

Plus, Dupuis has had the added burden of moving livestock north.

We have cattle and crawfish ponds that have been destroyed with all this. We were able to find a place for the cattle which is further up north an hour from here," said Dupuis.

His neighbor, Cokie Monceaux, also had water in her home. Though there's still water all around, she's begun pulling out carpet and trying to clean up.

"I have to get it out because it's really starting to stink," said Monceaux.

Residents speculate the flooding is because so much rain fell so quickly, though most seem at a loss as to why it's taking so many days to drain off.

"Say some prayers and give us the strength to keep going," urged Monceaux.

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