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Darrow residents deal with flooding, await new levee to protect homes

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Help is on the way for people living in the Astroland subdivision in Darrow. 

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa said a long overdue agreement has been reached between the parish and a landowner that will allow for construction of a ring levee to protect the homes in that area from flooding. 

"You know two years ago they said they were going to do it, but now I'm going to have it done," he said. "We’re very enthusiastic about the project and it's going to be good for these people and hopefully it will never happen again." 

Rhea Jones has lived in the area for decades and has been flooded out of her home more than once. 

"Not again we don't want to have to go through our house getting flooded again," Jones said. "It's disruptive. Bacteria, disease, germs, you don't know what all that’s been through there."  

The deal allows parish crews to construct the levee on the private land. Leaders say once its complete, it should be a permanent fix. 

That was good news for Jones and her family. 

"You're not in your home, your displaced. Last time we were displaced for over two months. This time I told my husband don't put too much strain and pressure on himself, you know, trying to get everything done. You know it's a lot of work," she said. 

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