All eyes on Tchefuncte River as St. Tammany residents hope for the best

All eyes on Tchefuncte River as St. Tammany residents hope for the best

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - So far, the severe weather has spared most St. Tammany residents from major flooding, but the the rising Tchefuncte River is threatening residents who just rebuilt after a flood this spring.

"The sheriff's office was out here. There was 2 feet of water. People were getting rescued. That was five months ago," said Fero Sheps. "Contractor finishing up this week - now here we go again."

Sheps and his family just moved back into their Goodbee home yesterday. And now the reason they left the first time is threatening them again.

"Got three doors. Seeing if I can wall them up three, four stacks up," said Sheps as he stacked sandbags

This March, the rushing and overflowing Tchefuncte River brought water into Sheps' home. On Friday, he didn't hesitate when the rising river again put him and his family in harm's way.

"It's a give-and-take situation," Sheps said. "It's a really nice place to live, but we have some sewage challenges and we need some drainage assistance out here."

And he's not alone.

"It's hard," said Dale Menard. "This is a hard situation."

Menard lived in a mobile home for nearly five months. Now shes playing a game of wait-and-see with the river, and repairs on her home are not complete.

"I don't even have any words," she said. "I can't express my feelings. It's hard, the stress level now on worrying about whether we're about to go through this all over again."

St. Tammany Parish released the following advisory for the river crest:

The National Weather Service has advised St. Tammany Parish Government, now operating out of the Emergency Operations Center, that the Tchefuncte River at Folsom will crest at 7am tomorrow morning (Saturday, August 13th, 2016). The NWS in Slidell is predicting that the river will crest at 24 feet. This is 1.2 feet lower than the river registered during the March 2016 floods.

St. Tammany Parish residents that experienced flooding in the past in this area, or live near the Tchefuncte River in Folsom, are encouraged to consider moving to higher ground, securing your home and take the necessary precautions to protect your property. Residents in the area that require emergency housing, are advised that the Red Cross has opened a shelter at Franklinton High School, One Demon Circle, Franklinton, LA.

Additionally, residents further downstream on the Tchefuncte River at US Highway 190 near Covington, are also advised to prepare for the possibility of high water and flooding in areas that received significant water in the March floods. The NWS has indicated that the Tchefuncte River at Hwy 190 could possibly crest there by 1am Sunday morning.

Residents are asked to monitor the weather forecast overnight and during the coming days through your local media outlets. St. Tammany Parish Government will have updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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