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Robert residents slowly drying out after floods

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Flooding in Robert. (FOX 8 Photo) Flooding in Robert. (FOX 8 Photo)

As flood waters recede, homeowners aren't wasting any time cleaning up damage. 

On Monday In the Autumn Trace subdivision, where several homes filled with at least a foot of water or more, residents were ripping out floorboards and flooring. 

"It's very devastating because you work hard for your house, all of your belongings. But we have flood insurance, so we have the reassurance. Some people weren't as lucky to have flood insurance, but you just start over. That's all you can do," said Mandi Frinks, who got at least a foot of water in her home. 

The main road leading into Robert, LA 445, was still covered with water near Interstate 12, preventing some people from getting home. 

Steven Taylor, who lives near the low point on LA 445, spent the day searching through debris for his belongings, trying to make the best out of a bad situation, as his children and niece waited to play in the water outside their home. 

"What you gonna do? You ain't got nothing you can do. Who you gonna yell at? God? You can't yell at him, he ain't gonna answer if you start yelling. The water went down, the water is going away. The kids look like we got a big lake in the yard, now we get to go play in the boat once we get all the stuff picked up in the yard. You can't get mad at this - ain't nothing to get mad at," Taylor said. 

On Highway 190, Front Porch Ministries was beginning to dry out after taking on water during the weekend's flash flood. 

"I was surprised that the water had gotten as high as it did, because last time it didn't get in this building, it only got in the house in the back. So we definitely got more water than we've ever had," said Dillon Morse, a musician at the church. 

Morse's father, Darryl Morse, who pastors the church, was grateful that some things could be saved. 

"We had about 18 inches of water, but our chairs didn't get wet, so we're thankful. But we've had a whole lot of help from the community and the local churches," Morse said. 

The group spent the day sawing through the bottom portion of the building's walls, cutting out soaked insulation and wood. Morse plans to replace the portion of wall with metal in case it floods again. 

"We're just a low-lying area. We can't do anything about it, so it's just devastating, but we'll get through it," Morse said. 

For his son, Dillon, the help they've seen from the community - especially from other flood victims - makes it easy to smile through the disaster. 

"You really find out what your family is for, your church family is for, your community is for, when all of this happens, because people really see it could've happened to anyone, so everyone had the feeling that it came close," Dillon Morse said. 

The church plans to continue its primary mission by holding bible study on Wednesday evening, despite the damage. 

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