Maurapas residents dealing with flood

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 9:26pm

MAUREPAS, La (FOX44) — Yvonne and Jim Cox never expected to see the entire yard covered with more than a foot of water.

"It was Lee, a tropical storm," Yvonne says angrily. "I couldn't imagine anything worse."

The couple moved into their home right on the Diversion Canal about 15 months ago. "It's so beautiful out here," says Jim.

"Yeah, as long as the river stays over there," Yvonne interjects.

"As long as the tropical storms don't come," Jim agrees.

They were shocked as the canal began inching closer and closer toward their home. They were worried that it would get inside their home. It didn't, but it came close.

"This is the first time I've experienced something like this," says Yvonne. "Once is enough."

Residents who have lived in the area all their lives say this flood is no big deal. "Water floats in, and a couple of days later, it floats back out," says Jeffory Bouquet. "When it comes to high water, he's a veteran.

"It doesn't bother me. I've been through this many, many times," he explains.

Bouquet says he'll begin the clean-up that comes along with this type of mess, but he doesn't have any complaints. It's worth it to live where he loves. "You have problems every place you live. Here, we just have a problem with water."

The Cox, however, say the storm has made them second-guess their move to the area, and they're not planning to stick around to see if they made the right decision. "I will be moving, someway, somehow," says Yvonne. "I do not want to experience this ever again. Ever."


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