Springfield homes become islands in Livingston Parish

Springfield homes become islands in Livingston Parish

SPRINGFIELD, LA (WAFB) - While some parts of Livingston Parish are beginning the clean up effort from the flood waters receding, there were still places Monday where the water only got deeper the further people went.

For the fourth night in a row, Livingston Parish will have another curfew Monday night. This one will only apply to areas hit the hardest in the parish with officials saying they will strictly enforce the curfew for the public's safety.

Schools in Livingston Parish will re-open, but if school buses cannot get to their routes, the route will be changed. Livingston Parish Superintendent John Watson said any students who cannot make it to school because of flooding will be excused.

In places like Springfield on Hwy 1037, an entire neighborhood looks like it is a lake with sporadic homes.

"We're flooded bad," said Daniel Lipscomb, who lives on Hwy 1037.

Lipscomb is hoping the water will soon begin d ropping and spare his home.

"First I've ever seen. Isaac it was high, but this is 4 to 6 inches higher than it was back then," said Lipscomb.

Meanwhile, Tab Lobell's in-laws' home did take in water.

"At 3 o'clock this morning, the water just got too high and caved the sandbags in. We fought it for another hour and a half and just could not save it so we just gave up," said Lobell.

Now, his in-laws are staying at his home. Lobell took a pirogue out to their home to get some of their belongings that they needed.

The only way homes in that area are accessible is by boat or 4-wheeler. Signs are partially submerged and sandbags wrap homes.

"I just got this one bag," said Jay Griggs as he got in a pirogue with two men helping him get to and from his home.

Griggs, who is a pastor, has anywhere between a foot to two feet of water in his home.

Griggs said when he got home after church on Sunday evening, "We went inside, there was only three inches of water. We were thankful for that and then of course I came out here to just check on things (today) and essentially the same amount of water that is out here is on the inside of the house."

The family lost all their furniture, but they were able to move their valuables like their pictures up to the attic.

"I have to practice what I preach and that is in the Bible, it says go give thanks for everything because I know there are people all around here, they're lost their homes," said Griggs.

Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks drove around to many parts of the parish assessing the damage.

"The Amite River has crested in Denham Springs yesterday three feet lower [than first predicted] so we are in better shape in Denham Springs than we originally thought we would be," said Ricks.

Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard got a bird's eye view of all the damage.

"We're seeing a lot of water in places we're not used to seeing water. I've been here for 24 years," said Sheriff Ard. "I've been able to be up in the air during Katrina and other times when we have had a lot of water and what I can probably compare this to is Isaac.

"I think there are some people who are very fortunate and some who are very unfortunate. We have lost a lot of homes. There are some homes that have been destroyed by the water. Just some people who did not realize the water would come up as fast as it did."

Many in the community said how so many of their neighbors and complete strangers worked into the night to help sandbag people's homes.

"When you walk up and see a whole community sandbagging for just that one house in the community that is about to go under and they all come together and they save that house, I am just thankful I am from Livingston Parish," said Sheriff Ard.

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