NEW ORLEANS -- A Tangipahoa Parish man says since Hurricane Isaac, when it rains at his house, it literally pours, in the form of a full property flood.
“It used to be that the river would crest within 36 hours, almost every flood, and start to recede. Now in the January flood, it was 72 hours before it crested," said Bruce Treubel.
Treubel said that since the storm, and the scare over the possible dam breach at Lake Tangipahoa in Percy Quin State Park in McComb, the river is flooding more frequently, rising higher than usual and lasting longer than he’d like. He said the river is eating away at his Loranger property in some places and burying it in others.
Treubel suspects repairs to the dam and revisions to the lake’s flow into the river are to blame. But park officials say no way.
"The canal is doing exactly what it's supposed to do. It's carrying river water, rain water out of our lake, into the Tangipahoa River just to keep the lake level down," said Will Busby, park manager at Percy Quin State Park.
Parish officials say they’ve noticed a difference, but chalk it up to all the recent rain.
"The amount of rain we've received then and have continued to receive seems to have saturated the ground and I think we're experiencing a lot more in the way of runoff than what you would typically have," said Clyde Martin with the Tangipahoa Parish Consolidated Gravity Drainage District #1.
Treubel is in talks with the National Resources Conservation Service to possibly help rebuild his land, if nothing can be done about the river. Work on repairing the dam in Mississippi is still on-going.