Residents take advantage of rising water, snatching crawfish out ditches & streets

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JEFF DAVIS PARISH, La. (KLFY) – A number of roads in Jeff Davis and Acadia Parishes were covered with high water from Thursday’s storms.
And some took full advantage of the weather…
 
“I live right there down the road, and it floods. When it floods too bad we get water in our house,” said Irving Sonnier, Church Point resident.
 
A number of roads in the Church Point area were blocked off to vehicle traffic, as some streets were impassable.
On Marie Street near West Corporation, neighbors tell us a car is under water in a ditch, due to the severe weather.
 
“Not too much we can do. Just wait for the water to come down,” said Sonnier.
 
Meanwhile in Jeff Davis Parish a number of roads took on some high water as well.
Officials urge everyone to be careful when driving through high water or flooded streets.
Like on Highway 99, which forced drivers to carefully steer their way through.
 
“I definitely turn around in this small car, because I had another car that was a compact vehicle that flooded out not too long ago in Baton Rouge,” said Rachel Lundy-Davis, who was driving through the Parish Thursday.
 
Some residents took full advantage of the crawfish ponds overflowing into nearby ditches and the roads, bringing crawfish which they now say is dinner.
 
“You ever heard of April showers bring May flowers. Instead April showers bring May crawfish,” said Jessica Shanaberger, a Jeff Davis Parish resident.
 
“They’ve done dug out about 5 sacks (of crawfish) out of this one little hole right here,” said David Phillips, who picked up some crawfish.
 
“I’m picking them up with tongs, because I’m scared to get in the water, because snakes might be there,” Said Yvonne Trosclair, a Jeff Davis Parish resident.
 
And these folks say what they’re doing is legal…
 
“They can’t say I’m in his pond, because I’m on the side of the road where I pay taxes,” said Trosclair.
 
As for where the crawfish are headed…
 
“A pot and then we boiling them,” said Samantha Lawrence, a Jeff Davis Parish resident.
 
“We’re going to eat them. Eat them. We’re going to boil them tonight.”
 
I think it’s safe to say, only in Louisiana…

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