St. John schools closed as residents eye swollen canal, creeping water

St. John schools closed as residents eye swollen canal, creeping water

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH, LA (WVUE) - The water slowly creeping up in some areas are crossing into St. John Parish. Schools in the parish are closed and a flood warning has been extended until Friday afternoon.

In Laplace, homeowners are nervous and some are ready to pack up and leave if they have to.

"You see right here where the water is," said Andrea Lowe. "It's usually in more than that, so it's almost double the size right here."

Andrea Lowe has a close eye on her backyard. The Mons Canal is swollen and creeping up a little too close for comfort.

"I've been watching," she said. "I have literally been watching. I even called the EEOC and said, 'Look, the water is coming over, and not only that - we have an alligator.'"

With the water comes the wildlife. The 11-foot alligator that showed up Lowe's backyard Wednesday had to be removed.

"He was right there," Lowe said. "We have dogs and things like that."

The Meadows subdivision where Lowe lives flooded during Hurricane Isaac, and Lowe still has vivid memories of being trapped in her home.

"We called at 10 a.m. I didn't get rescued until 6 p.m.," Lowe said. "I could hear the boats. Where are all the boats?"

This time, she has no idea how high the water will get, but she isn't taking any chances.

"I'm watching it right now. It's going to be hard to get out of here." Lowe said.

While some say they'll leave, others are preparing to protect their homes with sandbags. People patiently waited in line at one of the parish's sandbagging locations to load up. They're hoping it's is all for nothing, but there's too much at stake for them to not be ready.

The National Guard is in the parish with high-water vehicles and boats if needed.

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