LAPLACE, La. — The president of St. John the Baptist Parish said Thursday she had never seen flooding there like she was seeing after Hurricane Isaac pushed several feet of water in LaPlace.
Homewood Place, a street that runs from W. Airline Highway to River Road, was covered in, the only form of powered transportation that could traverse it being boats and jet skis.
Natalie Robottom, the parish president, said that homes built eight feet above the ground still had 2-3 feet of water in them.
And the danger wasn’t finished.
LaPlace was getting punched Thursday afternoon with heavy rains from a band associated with the diminishing storm, which was 25 miles from Monroe, La., by 1 p.m. and still packing winds of 40 mph.
Water was pushing from east to west and moving toward Reserve.
A WWLTV reporter and photographer had to take a back way into Reserve, taking Hwy. 3127 to the Sunshine Bridge and eventually W. Airline Drive, a route that officials said might be closed by Thursday evening.
Nine National Guard teams and the sheriff’s office were still rescuing people while a Blackhawk helicopter was surveying the area. Officials were concerned about those who didn’t get evacuated Wednesday during the day and night.
Shelters in Alexandria and Shreveport took in 3,500 evacuees from the parish and more were expected to join them when all was said and done.