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Amite River swallows land, threatens homes in French Settlement

Cypress Point Lane in French Settlement (Source: WAFB) Cypress Point Lane in French Settlement (Source: WAFB)
Cypress Point Lane in French Settlement (Source: WAFB) Cypress Point Lane in French Settlement (Source: WAFB)
Cypress Point Lane in French Settlement (Source: WAFB) Cypress Point Lane in French Settlement (Source: WAFB)
Cypress Point Lane in French Settlement (Source: WAFB) Cypress Point Lane in French Settlement (Source: WAFB)
Cypress Point Lane in French Settlement before the flooding (Source: Marty Daniels) Cypress Point Lane in French Settlement before the flooding (Source: Marty Daniels)
FRENCH SETTLEMENT, LA (WAFB) -

Some residents who live along the Amite River in French Settlement are watching their properties fall into the river. The current is sweeping away the land beneath their homes. 

Proud Cajun Lynn Soileau said when she was little, her grandpa taught her to fish. It is what her family did together. 

"We loved to fish, loved life, and being in the woods on the river," Soileau said. 

Soileau said she and her sister bought property on the Amite River 12 years ago. It was a lifelong dream come true. 

Like most neighborhoods in French Settlement, recovery is underway on Cypress Point Lane. Furniture and personal possessions have been mixed with other debris and now sit at the curb, but it is what is going on the other side of their houses that has homeowners worried sick. 

"I can't even explain it. It's like a sick feeling in your stomach. It's just, I'm scared to go in it," Soileau said. 

That is because the river has all but swept away their investments. One homeowner took cell phone video to show just how fierce the current has gotten. Another captured video which shows large chunks of land chipping away into the river. A picture he took before the historic flood shows 60 feet between his slab and the bulkhead, which has all suddenly disappeared. 

"Not only is the water at the slab of the house, it's about 20 feet deep straight down," said Marty Daniels. 

The river is already under many homes, and it's visible that there is nothing supporting the slab. 

Cherie Favaro is one of many homeowners who is at the mercy of the river. 

"If it continues to do that creating this path, what else is it going to knock down? The whole house is going to collapse," Favaro said. 

They have all gutted their homes and have started the cleanup process. But at this point, residents of Cypress Point Lane have all but given up. 

"Barring a miracle, we probably will not rebuild here," Daniels said. 

Soileau is praying for that miracle as her little piece of paradise hangs on. 

"I hope that someone comes in, the Corps help salvage this whole neighborhood because it's a beautiful place to live. There's nothing like it," Soileau said. 

State Representative Clay Schexnayder said he, U.S. Congressman Garrett Graves and U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy have planned a meeting with the U.S. Army Corps and is also alerting FEMA about the issue. 

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