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Covington neighbors working together on recovery effort

Covington residents paddle through the flood waters that took over their neighborhood Friday night. (Source: WVUE) Covington residents paddle through the flood waters that took over their neighborhood Friday night. (Source: WVUE)
COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) -

When James Buckley went to bed Friday night, he had nothing to worry about.

"The water was up in the yard. We went to bed," Buckley said. "We didn't think it was going to get any higher."

Through the night, the Tchefuncte River continued to rise and by morning the situation became much worse.

"All of a sudden we woke up and the water was by the doorsteps," Buckley said.

He knew it was times to go. Buckley and his family evacuated to a Red Cross Shelter until they could return to check on their property Saturday morning.

"My trucks under water, my mom's car is underwater, my uncles' house is underwater so we've lost everything," Buckley said.

In the 40 years Buckley has spent in Covington, he's never seen anything like this. His neighbor Robert Hovey hasn't either.

"I've got a buddy back here on Prudent Road, we're fixing to go launch the boat and check on him."

Besides the numerous agencies rescuing people stranded by the rising water, people like Hovey are taking their own boats into flooded neighborhoods to lend a hand.

"When this happens in your own backyard, you've got to pitch in and help out," Hovey said.

It will be a long time before life goes back to normal for people like James Buckley and Robert Hovey, but Buckley says they will rebuild.

"Home is home."

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