STEPHENSVILLE- The St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office is warning people in the Stephensville area of flooding.
Trying to get the word out to drivers to avoid Four Mile Bayou Road as well as Adell, Landry and Edna streets. Driving through those streets will only make things worse than the already are.
“When there’s no place for it to go, unfortunately this is where it ends up,” says Major Ginny Higgins, P.I.O. for the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s office.
In the spring, showers bring flowers. In lower St. Martin Parish, where water is all around you, showers just mean flooding.
“This happens frequently sometimes in the spring,” explains Higgins, “Just something that we watch and we know it’s gonna happen so at least there’s a little bit of warning that they can be prepared for it.”
The Sheriff’s office wants to do its part in keeping residents here prepared.
Higgins says they can are doing that by, “Making sure the sandbag operations are in place, by making sure the homeowners know that they can prepare ahead of time so they can move some things out.”
Where, when and how much it floods varies from year to year, of course. But for folks living in lower St. Martin parish, dealing with flooding like this is just a way of life.
“It’s a low lying area, you’re surrounded by water,” says Higgins, “Unfortunately, those are some of the things that’s beautiful and it’s great but in times like this, it’s hard for them and my heart goes out to the residents.”
Residents here would probably prefer you to not take the scenic route through their neighborhoods.
“It floods their roadways and makes it difficult to get in and out,” adds Higgins.
Being prepared and blocking off roads are about the only things one can do when the fight is against nature.
Says Higgins, “If it does not rain, then hopefully it will start slowly going down. You know, again, it’s up to mother nature.”
Free sand is available for pickup at the Stephensville Park on Hwy 70.