Rainfall causes flooding along Houston River - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Rainfall causes flooding along Houston River

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With a swollen Houston River, boats have become a necessity for Tina LeDoux and her neighbors. The water started rising on Friday. She and others off Cypress Lake Road have been paddling back and forth ever since.

"I've always wanted to live on the river. So, I love it. I mean, who wouldn't like to have a backyard that they can ride around in or hang out by the river... sit on your swing and barbecue," said LeDoux.

One stroke at a time, LeDoux navigates down her road - covered with overflow from the nearby river.

"It just looks hard, but it's really not," said LeDoux.

She's careful to avoid the strong current and stay along the tree line, watching out for obstacles.

"I haven't seen any gators. Thank God," said LeDoux.

She said the experience gives a whole new meaning to life on the river.

"We are paddling through toward the river. We just might cruise through my neighbor's yard to get to my house, instead of staying on the road. I don't think they'll have a problem with it," said LeDoux.

One of her neighbors has a lawn mower lift. It's a sign this is not the first time the area has flooded.

As we approached her home, she discovers almost everything in her yard is underwater.

"I got a fig tree under water. All my rose bushes over there, my little garden area is all underwater," said LeDoux. "Fortunately, my home is 16 feet off the ground. It's far from getting in the flood waters right now."

Despite the high water, LeDoux said she wouldn't have it any other way.

"I wouldn't want to live anywhere else... in Lake Charles, Sulphur - anywhere, but right here in my little cabin on the river," said LeDoux.

As of Monday evening, LeDoux said the water had receded a bit, but remained about four feet deep. Copyright

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