Residents weary of repeated flooding in their neighborhoods

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 8:00 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - People are preparing for the possibility of flooding, but on streets that have repeatedly flooded, some are finding there’s just not a whole lot that can be done.

Two of the hard-hit streets in the May flood were Powell Lane and Pleasant Drive off McNeese Street in Lake Charles.

Residents in those areas struggle to protect their property and fear it won’t do much good anyway.

In the May 17th flood, J.D. Parden found himself having to rescue his four children from their house on Powell Lane. He transported them, two at a time, to higher ground.

“Before I knew it, it was really too high to take any vehicle out,” Parden said. “My kids were in the house and a swimming pool floated up to the door, and I started taking the kids out of the house, down the road, to Hebert’s Meat Market.”

He’s moving a few things to higher ground but not taking any chances with his family.

“I don’t want to relive that again, so this time we’re packing up what we can, and we’re going to get out of here,” Parden said.

Many homes on Pleasant Drive off McNeese street have flooded multiple times. Mickey Conner wants to keep his home; though, he says the neighborhood will never be the same.

“On this lovely, beautiful street, we have 14 homes that have either been torn down, still being worked on, with nobody living in, or houses for sale,” Conner said. “And some of those houses are being sold as-is.”

Conner dreads any possibility of flooding.

“And believe it or not, I put my sheetrock in Friday,” Conner said. “So, right now, I’m panicking to see what’s going to happen again.”

Conner has done what he can to keep his belongings high and dry while he stays with a friend.

Conner says he had 45 inches of water in his house after the historic rain on May 17 and that it’s flooded six times.

Conner says he’s hoping to get a grant to elevate his house.

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