Despite voluntary evacuation, residents riding out storm in Lafitte

Tropical depression Cindy may be losing strength, but it's still being felt in parts of Jefferson Parish.

LAFITTE, La. -- In just a few hours, the roads and streets in Jean Lafitte filled with water.

"It started last night and then probably about 10 this morning was when it really started rolling in," Jessica Caulfield said.

Caulfield and her family spent the day walking through it, but many of her neighbors were forced to use boats to get  around and take their belongings to higher ground.

Officials called for a voluntary evacuation after water reached just a foot short of the top of the levee. Parts of Bayou Barataria and the intracoastal waterway are overflowing into the roads.

"We're going to continue to monitor (the sandbags) and we're going to put more bags where bags are needed," Mayor Tim Kerner said as several people worked to build a makeshift wall out of sandbags behind him. "We're going to try and make sure people don't flood in those areas."

Many of the affected residents live in Lower Lafitte, like Paul Whipple, who has lived there his whole life.

"We have five feet here for sure," Whipple said. "The last couple -- Lee, tropical storm Lee -- we have water. Isaac, we had water. Everyone around here pretty much knows it's going to happen."

Like most people in Lafitte, Nancy and Steve Polkey have a raised home and plan on riding this storm out.

"You run through that water and it just messes up your car," Nancy Polkey said. "That's the only problem we got."

"That's why we stay at home," Steve Polkey added. "Cause some people just come back here to sight-see and they're going fast. They don't think they're doing no damage, but it washes up and we lose the yard."

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