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Floodwater threatens Slidell neighborhoods

Indian Village Rd. (FOX 8 Photo) Indian Village Rd. (FOX 8 Photo)

While flooded roadways have cut off some Slidell residents from their neighborhood, others, who didn't get out in time say they're stuck on an island.

Indian Village Road off Highway 190 is under water as the swollen Pearl River started sending floodwater into the area overnight. 

There are several hundred homes in the area, including the River Oaks at Holly Ridge subdivision.  The only way for residents to get in and out is by pickup truck.  For people who don't have that option, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's office is going in with its high water vehicle to rescue people.  Tequila Cuillier's family was the first to be rescued.  The Sheriff's Office gave Cuillier, her husband Marcus, two kids and a pet dog a ride to dry ground. 

"When we woke up this morning, there wasn't water on roads, and two hours later, now the roads are completely covered with water.  We didn't think it was gonna come up that fast," Marcus Cuillier said. 

Another neighbor, Derek Burrage put a gauge in front of his home.  "It was rising at two inches an hour yesterday afternoon, and this morning, it was about a half an inch an hour," he said.

"Obviously, (we) can't make it through.  We're gonna probably just camp out with friends for another couple of days until the water goes down," Gabe Gilchrist said.

The Sheriff's Office says some streets are underwater while others are dry.  Their high water vehicle rescuing residents, at one point, had to be rescued itself as it made room for another vehicle to pass.  It went off the road and into a ditch.  Firefighters with the St. Tammany Parish Fire District 1 were nearby and pulled them out.

Soon, roads may be impassable by pickup trucks as floodwater continue to rise.

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