NEW ORLEANS -- Along the side streets off Midway Drive in River Ridge, there has been no drying off period since Saturday. The already saturated ground, combined with poor drainage, caused water to come into some the homes there.
"Every time it rains, the water comes up to our door. This time of course, it went in," said homeowner Denise DeJean.
3 inches of water covered DeJean's floors. Bedding and assorted household items are now piled up in the dining room, as industrial dryers try to do what Mother Nature has not allowed for the past few days: a complete dryout.
"I have men in there now, pulling up baseboards. We need to pull up all of our floors," she said. "We've pulled out the carpets. I have two small children and we are displaced."
Neighbors worked to keep the catch basins clear of debris, but fall leaves and the rain kept coming down on Tuesday.
"I started pulling all the leaves out of the drains. It seemed to make a difference, but it still ended up getting all the way up to my door," said homeowner Dana Larrimer.
For others, the added rain led to another go-around with flooded vehicles, for the second time since this past weekend.
"My daughter's car was flooded on Monday, and then she had a rental car that we pulled in the driveway and it took water again," said resident Bret Vorenkamp.
For Joyce and Wilbert Marsalis, their home looked like a small island, surrounded by streets with more than a foot of water. Both felt frustrated and exhausted on Tuesday morning.
"I've been up since about 4:15 this morning. I got up and this was all around," said Joyce Marsalis. "We had to mop and stuff is lifted up on cinder blocks in our house."
"It's been very difficult. As you can see, the water is relatively high, you know, every time a downpour comes down, it's just pins and needles," said Wilbert Marsalis. "To have this stuff going on around in neighborhoods, paying taxes and the like, it don't make no sense."
An official with Jefferson Parish's drainage department told Eyewitness News that there were two reasons for the flooding in parts of River Ridge. He said some of the spots affected are the lowest elevations in River Ridge and water collects there.
He also added, though, that the water in River Ridge gets pumped all the way to Lake Pontchartrain, instead of the nearby Mississippi River. That is why residents there say they need the "Pump to the River" project.