Some two weeks after the town of Natchitoches saw nearly nine inches of rain and Sibley Lake was swollen past its banks, the water is dropping. And in southern Natchitoches Parish, the clean-up is still under way.
"We had to use a rug doctor and everything just to get the sewage out," said Milton Helaire, Jr.
Helaire's home on Marie Street in the Point Place community had a few inches of flood waters come in. But it was the sewage gushing in from the commode that has him worried. Helaire's two kids are staying with relatives while they clean their home and rip up floors.
Across the street Susan Simmons was dealing with the same thing. Raw sewage poured into her home from underneath her commode.
In all, some nine homes on Marie Street had sewage inside.
"We boarded everything up with sandbags in just the nick of time," said Kevin Wilson, who has lived in Point Place for about 20 years. "But (the sewage) came in through the tub and the commode."
Only one resident of Marie Street we spoke with had flood insurance. The rest say they were denied flood coverage because of where they live.
Natchitoches Parish police jury vice president Patsy Hoover says it's become a health issue and she's looking into why it keeps happening.
"We're meeting with the residents here to try and see what we can do to help these residents," said Hoover. "I'm worried because there's children involved."