Heavy rain and drainage problems cause house flooding in St. Charles

Heavy rain and drainage problems cause house flooding in St. Charles

LULING, LA (WVUE) - While flooding in most neighborhoods was limited to streets and ditches, a few homes took on water Thursday. St. Charles Parish is one of the areas with extremely high rainfall totals.

With ditches and canals backing up, it didn't take long for houses to flood. Heavy rain and clogged ditches created a wave of water through Tiffany Jackson's home on Luling Estates Drive.

"At about 12 noon, the water started to rise," she said. "It came in from the back of my property."

Her family placed sandbags to stop things from getting any worse, but the damage was done.

"Within two hours it was flooded," Jackson said. "It went from master bedroom to my son's bedroom to the hallway to the kitchen to the bathroom, and every time I swept it up it just kept coming back in."

Many people in the neighborhood say flooding has become a problem in recent years during heavy rain events. A drainage ditch that's should get the water out looks more like a pond. That water backs up and often flows into backyards and homes.

"Sooner or later it's going to get into our house," Linzy Cheramie said. "It got in the man's house next door. He's not home. he's out of town so this is what he's going to come home to."

"We've been having this problem for a long time. If it has a constant rain, the water does not drain," Katrina Reynaud said.

Most of the neighborhood depends on the drainage ditch for relief. But at the culvert, water is at a standstill on one side and on the other, the water from other areas is freely moving away from homes.

"They need drainage improvements especially behind here because it's an empty field, and if the water just sits back there, it's going to have to drain somewhere," Reynaud said.

"It's an ongoing problem. I don't know what to do anymore. I don't want to say nothing bad about nobody. We just need help," Cheramie said.

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