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Residents speak out on flooding issues

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The area is still recovering from Sunday night's heavy rains. In Monroe, about four inches of rain fell over the course of the day.

Mayor Jamie Mayo admitted he received many calls from frustrated residents and he even went into some of the flooded homes.

Leslie Dupree lives on Georgia Street in the south side of Monroe. When there is heavy rain she has to leave her house because it always floods. She said the neighborhood has been dealing with this for years.

"It completely fills the ditch and it gets into the house. My house is built where you have to step up to the foundation and then step down in it. And there is usually a foot of water once the water recedes," Dupree said.

Dupree said she has to use a shop-vac to get the water out of her home. She said the city has told her they want to upgrade the pump near Georgia Street, but the city is waiting on funding from a grant. Over in northern Monroe, Olive Sartor's yard floods, but never her home.

"Not every, house on the street is built up as high as mine is, on the street. So some of them have had water in them," Sartor said.  

Monroe city officials say they understand residents are frustrated, but they are doing the best they can with what they have.

"The fact of the matter is we accept the challenges of trying to do more to help our citizens and there is always so much more to do," Mayo Jamie Mayo said.  

Dupree said her furniture is ruined and her stove is sitting on cinder blocks. She said she pays taxes like everyone else and she shouldn't have to deal with this problem. But until something is done, she will have to keep an eye on the weather and keep sand bags on hand.      

City officials said if it rains again this week, it will flood. They said during times of heavy rain, you can pick up sandbags at the public works complex behind the Monroe Civic Center.

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