Relief comes slowly to flood-weary coastal residents

Relief comes slowly to flood-weary coastal residents

MADISONVILLE, LA (WVUE) - For a third day in a row, what locals call "Lake Road" in Madisonville lived up to its name.

Lake Pontchartrain and the Madisonville boat dock became one as the lake spilled over the newly-built seawall and poured into the marsh. A no-name storm system - not quite tropical in nature - flooded Madisonville and other South Louisiana coastal towns with persistent south winds.

Finally, on Tuesday, relief started to come as winds shifted direction and water slowly receded.

"I think we had maybe four or five feet of surge out here," said Mike Benjamin, owner of T-Rivers Bar on the Tchefuncte River. "It filled up everything pretty good."

Benjamin uses an old military vehicle to access the bar during the frequent periods of high water. However, seldom does the water rise to the level experienced since Sunday. A couple of tourists from Boston hopped a ride, hoping to snap a picture of the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse.

"The lighthouse is beautiful, but the flooding is amazing, nothing like we'd ever see in Boston," said Nicole Giambro.

Floods along low-lying areas are more commonplace, as portions of the coast experience subsidence and rising sea levels.

"People underestimate the power of the lake and the wind," Benjamin said, "and how much the tide and the lake will affect the North Shore."

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