Ouachita Parish family trapped out of home after flood

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OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - Flooding after last night’s rain is forcing some people to leave their homes in East Ouachita Parish.

Smith says there's always a chance of flooding whenever it rains. (Source: KNOE)

Lameka Smith says she's only lived in the Presidential Estates community for a month, but every time it rains, she gets nervous.

"Most people when we hear rain, we get nervous, because we know we're about to lose something," Smith says.

Smith says the rain left her family trapped yet again in their home Tuesday morning. It left her with only one choice to get four of her children to school. "We had to tote them from the back door all the way to the road, and the water was up to my knees and ankles trying to get out the road. We got to the end right here."

Smith and her family moved to Presidential Estates in hopes of escaping high water, but instead found the opposite. "I did not know the area flooded like this. I talked to several neighbors, even the owner of the modular homes out here. He says this has been an ongoing problem. Nothing's been done about it."

Smith says she's been told the problem lies with the drainage ditch behind her neighborhood, but Smith refuses to continue reliving the same scenario. "We contacted the public works director, homeland security, numerous councilmen that was going to talk about the situation for the February 3 meeting."

Ouachita Parish police juror Michael Thompson says drainage issues like this one is on his to-do list. "We will look into what more we can possibly do to help her situation,” Thompson says. “There are other areas outside of her area that are also having some of the same problems."

Smith says it's a start, but not quite fast enough for her. "They need to do something about this, Smith says. “We are all human. We are out here living like this. Somebody needs to do something. There is no ‘Oh we'll call back,’ or ‘We'll get back to you.’ This needs to be addressed right away.

Smith says the water usually recedes after a couple days, but she fears it'll be longer now that more rain is on the way. For now, she and her family are staying elsewhere, which she says is adding more stress to the situation.