Flooding continues to plague cemeteries and farmland

ASSUMPTION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Much of the water left from Wednesday's storms continued to cause problems Thursday, so as some mourn loved ones who nearly floated away, others mourn the loss of crops that represent a livelihood.

Assumption Parish, one of the hardest hit areas earlier in the week, was mostly spared from the recent round of storms.

The water has drained out of Rosehill Cemetery in Belle Rose, but the damage has been done.

"When we turned down the lane, here, I didn't know what to expect," said Ronnie August. "I didn't know if my mom was going to be back here (pointing), over there, back here (shrugs)."

August's mother was still at her final resting place, but other families were not as fortunate. Now, Pastor Rodney Dugas is looking at what can be done to keep this from happening again.

"It's time that something to be done, so we've just gotten to that point now," said Dugas. "That's something not only needs to be done, but it has to be done and I believe that the community has had enough."

He plans to start by removing an abandoned railroad track that's built up along the side of the cemetery, draining water into the back corner.

"Secondly, this drainage canal that was established over here, I'm sure some time ago, that it would be made to run all the way to LA 1 and somehow pump water to Bayou Lafourche," Dugas explained.

It currently dead ends, leaving the water with nowhere to go.

Fifteen minutes away near Paincourtville, four-wheeler and big truck remain the only ways the Landry family can reach their home.

"We've had water on the road before, but you could still see the road," said Ida Landry. "This is the deepest it's ever been."

While they passed the time anyway they could find, the family of farmers continued to worry about what they'll find when the water does go down. What looks like a lake is actually acres of crops.

"That's our livelihood. The cane, soybeans that goes underwater, we lose that, I mean that's coming out of our pockets. We're really not going to find out until the water goes down what the damage is but some of it, now, they really know they're going to lose it," Landry added.

Mature crops will likely be okay. It's the freshly planted seeds they're worried about.

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