Rising waters flood many homes and businesses

PAULINA, LA (WAFB) - Residents in St. James Parish experienced massive flooding as a result of the storms that passed through south Louisiana on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Matherne's supermarket on LA 3125 in Paulina took in about a foot of water. The floodwaters eventually went down and workers were able to push the excess out.

The parish president said he had not seen conditions this bad since some time in the 1980s. He said there are many homes and businesses flooded.

He added many homes that are close to the river are without power and have taken in lots of water.

According to the parish president, only one home has been lost due to the storm. There was a lightning strike around 4 a.m. that caused a fire that destroyed the house.

Officials are hoping most of the floodwaters recede before the second wave of expected storms move into the area.

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