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Parts of Livingston Parish remain submerged under several feet of water

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DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) -

While the northern part of Livingston Parish has begun to dry out after the flooding, communities to the south like Port Vincent remain submerged under water.

Overall, Livingston Sheriff Jason Ard estimates an 80 percent total loss in his parish.

"Total devastation. Who would have expected this? Not us," said Sandra Wesley, a resident of Denham Springs. 

The water has largely receded in that area of the parish, including around Range Avenue. Just 24 hours ago, a murky brown layer of water coated the entire community.

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Now that the water is beginning to fall away, it is leaving markers on buildings and destruction in its path. Trash and other objects accumulated and got stuck along fences. A firetruck was left sitting in the middle of the street. 

Still, some families remain stuck. Sandra Wesley and her husband, who took advantage of the cleared Range Avenue to try to visit their home, were unable to reach their house. It remains under several feet of water. 

"I can't go home. I have no home," Wesley said. "I've been trying to stay positive, but you can stay positive just so long and then you have to come back to reality - and the reality is I have nothing." 

Several miles to the south in Livingston Parish, entire communities remain underwater. Water rested almost at the roofline of several homes near Port Vincent. 

Flooding on parts of Highway 16 and South Walker Road left some cares barely visible. 

"It was reminding me of being on a river - just out in the middle of a river floating on a boat," said Dustin Blalock, a resident of Port Vincent. 

Blalock left his home on Thursday evening and had to use an airboat to return and check in. He says his home took on several feet of water. 

"It's hard it sucks, for us, everybody else," Blalock said. "The only thing we're able to get out Thursday night, other than that it's gone."

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