Livingston Parish residents share flooding concerns with leaders

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Livingston Parish residents met with local leaders Wednesday night to share concerns about flooding issues in the area.

"All they're doing is protecting here and displacing here," said one resident. 

"When they're shoving that water down here and Mother Nature is shoving it back from the other end, it sits in the bowl and not going anywhere," said another.

More than 50 residents from the lower part of the parish met at a District 9 Fire Station between French Settlement and Maurepas with Parish President Layton Ricks, State Representative Clay Schexnayder, as well as officials from the Army Corps of Engineers. An official from Ascension Parish was also on hand to address concerns that its pumping and levee systems are affecting the area.

Ricks says most in the parish believe the updated levee system on Lake Ponchartrain is causing most of the high water issues in area.

"When you have the rainfall event we had not only in Hurricane Isaac but in January where we had an 11-inch rain that south wind comes up and you can't move water out because of levee system its backing up and they're seeing deeper water now on their property and in their homes than they've ever seen before," said Ricks.

Ricks adds that he and other leaders will continue to have these meetings with folks in the community every couple of months, especially while we remain in hurricane season.

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