Sorrento flood fight continues as officials consider drainage option

Sorrento flood fight continues as officials consider drainage option

ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WVUE) - The fight against floodwaters continues in Sorrento, and for residents it's going on day six.

"Saturday morning I looked down and I could see some shimmering, so I figured it was here," said Maurice Rome. "I got up and started picking things up off the ground as much as I could, saved what I could."

But there's isn't much that can be saved or even salvaged when three feet of water comes pouring in. Friday marked the first day Rome could clean up his home. His floor is still damp, and the pile of debris he and his family stack higher and higher outside his home sits in about three inches of water.

Making matters worse is the smell as septic tanks in his neighborhood back up and rotting fish float in the flood waters nearby.

"I don't think it's gotten as bad as it's going to get because the water is starting to stagnate a little bit, but the flooring, it just gives you a pungent odor and it stays around with you until you get it out of here," Roma said. "So that's what we're trying to do now - get out as quick as I can."

The damage affected more than half of the residents in Sorrento. The ones who stayed dry built up several feet.

"Once we got in here you couldn't get out. We were basically stuck," said Jeffery Montet, who spent two days surrounded by water.

But despite being spared by nature's wrath, he's still feels helpless watching what continues to happen around him.

It's tough," he said. "Nothing got my house. I didn't lose anything, but you have people all over that's losing their homes, no place to live, so I got a camper if anybody needs to rent it let me know where I need to bring it."

The standing water that's receding - but very slowly - is causing problems for Ascension Parish officials. Some homes in the Spanish Lake Basin area near Prairieville are still under several feet of water, and the water has nowhere to go.

Officials want to cut out a piece of the road to drain into Bayou Manchac, but the bayou remains at a higher level than the water in the neighborhood. Officials have decided to wait until Bayou Manchac goes down two feet before they can give homeowners some relief.

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