Weather shows problems with flooding in metro area


Posted on July 19, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 19 at 10:21 PM

Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
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DESTREHAN, La. -- Early Thursday it was the Northshore that bore the brunt of the storms, but in the evening it was places like Destrehan that were hardest hit.

Ormond is one of several streets that saw high waters earlier in St. Charles Parish, but much of that water has now receded.

Cars had to push through high waters Thursday outside the Ormond Country Club in Destrehan.

It’s just one of the areas of St. Charles Parish that saw flooding with heavy rains. Officials say pumps were working well, but the parish remained under a flash flood warning until 9 p.m.

In St. John the Baptist Parish, officials say a half dozen streets saw high waters.

But officials say new pumps worked so well, though, the water quickly receded.

Still, a cluster of homes on NW 2nd Street saw inches of standing water in their yards.

Those who live in the area say it happens every time it rains, creating dangers for residents.

“It’s serious, because we just saw an alligator, snakes, and it’s ridiculous,” said Reserve resident Dianne Johnson.

On the other side of the metro area, in Slidell this evening, officials put out barricades to keep cars safe from flooded streets. Cars were stalling out as they pushed through high waters.

Meanwhile, neighbors in St. John say they’re just glad the rain has stopped, and they hope the water goes down soon.

“The children, it’s the children, they need to do something about the drainage,” Johnson said. “It’s the children, if they don’t care about the children, and I care about my grandchildren.”