TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WVUE) - People in Ponchatoula, Hammond and Independence assess the damage from weekend flooding.
Flood waters ate a chunk out of an earthen shoulder along Highway 40 West, where homes sit nearby.
One Tangipahoa Parish councilman was out helping constituents when he got the call that water had invaded his home, too. He said he has lived here almost 50 years and has never flooded until now.
"Of course my living room, my sunken living room, had water up to the concrete here," said Councilman Louis Nick Joseph. "Had to get a wet vac to suck that out. First thing we had to do was get the carpet out."
"Every one of them has been affected in one way or another with family and with the high water, and we have come together as a community evacuating people and helping people restore their houses back to normal," said Independence Mayor Angelo Mannino.
In the Pontchatoula area, a number of houses along Highway 22 also took on water.
Some we spoke to have flood insurance and some don't. Most were grateful no one in their families was hurt.