Residents along Breaux Bridge HWY continue to battle flood waters

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BREAUX BRIDGE, La. (KLFY)–  The worst of this weekend’s torrential downpour in Acadiana may be over for now, but the devastation is far from it.  Residents continue to deal with the aftermath.  On Bergeron Road in Breaux Bridge, residents have to get in and out by boat.

Overflow from the Vermilion River and Lake Martin are causing flood waters to stick around in parts of Breaux Bridge…and with rain still in the forecast, it seems like there’s no end in sight.

“It rose about three and a half inches overnight because of the extra rain we had,” says Derek Broussard, a Breaux Bridge resident.

Wade Bienvenu says “Since this morning the water came up two inches.”

The intersection of Bergeron Road and LA 94 is being used as a dock for residents.  Derek Broussard and his family are making the most of their situation.

“I had to ride my canoe to work.  I rode to the end of the road and had to change (clothes) at work.”

Broussard’s grandmother Edna Belaire says in the 58 years she’s lived on Bergeron Road, she’s never seen flooding like this.

Just down the road, Wade Bienvenu’s house is surrounded by more than a foot of water, although it’s not located in a flood zone.

“We’ve been right here 18-years and its never came up like this.  I know other people have it worse than us but we got it bad too.  Water is coming in from the insulation under my trailer but if it keeps raining I’m going to lose it (the trailer).”

With dirty flood water seeping in through the bottom of his house, Bienvenu is frustrated as he continues to wait for help to arrive.

“We don’t have anywhere to go.  I mean, it’s sad.  Nobody from Saint Martin Parish came by here (to check on us).  We have two elderly women (who live nearby).  They don’t want to leave right now, but if it gets bad enough I’ll never be able to get them in a boat by myself.”

Saint Martin Parish was declared a disaster area on Tuesday.

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