“It should not happen”- Iberia Parish residents frustrated by constant flood threat

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IBERIA PARISH, La. (KLFY)- Residents at Ridgeway Mobile Homes stepped outside this morning into what they say is not an unfamiliar sight to see here. 
Heavy downpours are causing major flooding. Now the property owner is calling out for help. 
“We had four cars here today with water to the seats, and it shouldn’t happen. It should not happen,” said Mark Poirrier. 
Poirrier and his wife own this property at Ridgeway Mobile Home Park. He says this is about the fifth tme he’s witnesses a flood like this. 
 “Something definitely needs to be done,” he said. “Our tenants are sore. We’re sore. We feel sorry for them.”

 Iberia Parish President Larry Richard says since 2016, he’s worked with several agencies to address the drainage problem in the parish. 
“I can tell you that there’s more water on the north side of U.S. 90 than there is on the south side. And I am trying to figure out why is that,” Richard told News 10. 
 
The search for answers of where the blockage is coming from continues.
 
Porriere, who has lived here his entire life, says he had not  seen anything like this until the construction of the frontage road. 
 “The reason I built this park here is because it’s on high land,” he said. “We’re 25 feet above sea level. If you check the old military naval base, It’s 24.4, 24.9. They don’t flood. Why are we flooding?”
 
The heavy downpours caused six roads to close across the parish. 

 “We’ve got to identify what’s going on here in Iberia Parish,” said Richard. “Because a fou- inch rain is common. It’s not going to get any better.”
 
Richard says he’s calling a meeting in efforts to find a way to get more money for drainage and prevent something like this from ever happening again.
 

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