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Maya Rodriguez / Eyewitness News
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FRANKLINTON, La.-- Water from the Bogue Chitto River wound its way across parts of Washington Parish, swamping nearby homes and a number of roads.

'Some people back here got their boats-- and they boat in and out to their houses or camps,' said Scott Creeo, who chose not to continue down a flooded LA 16.

People there did not think a category one hurricane like Isaac would create this much havoc. The last time residents remember flooding this bad was nearly 30 years ago.

'It hasn't been this bad since 1983,' said Melissa Schultheis of Franklinton. 'I really didn't think it would do anything, really, to be honest with you.'

Washington Parish Emergency Managers said the Bogue Chitto crested at a little more than 24 feet-- more than 10 feet above flood stage. It was beginning to fall, but very slowly.

'We're talking inches an hour right now. It's a very slow fall,' said Washington Parish Emergency Preparedness Director Tommy Thiebaud.

Emergency managers hope the river will fall enough, so they can get a better handle on damage estimates. The parish president said teams from FEMA and the state are on their way. A Red Cross shelter is open in Washington Parish at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Franklinton.

'We're working as hard, with the limited resources that we have, to try and do everything we can possible for our people,' said Washington Parish President Richard Thomas.

In the meantime, people are left to wait for the water to recede, so the clean-up can get underway.

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