Ponchatoula subdivision flooded in March and again now ‘We still have stuff in boxes’

TANGIPAHOA PARISH, La. (WGNO) – As floodwaters recede along Highway 22 some Ponchatoula residents got a chance to check out their homes Monday morning.

Brad Kenney and his wife live on Beau Chateau Boulevard in Ponchatoula. He told WGNO anchor Jacki Jing that they received flood damage earlier this year, and they still have some things in boxes.

“March 12 actually. Almost five months to the day,” he chucks as he steps over sandbags and unlocks his front door. “We still have some stuff in boxes.”

Before his family left, Brad placed the living room couch and his children's cribs on cinder blocks then piled other things on top.

"We actually put everything up as high as we thought we could," he said. But it wasn't high enough. The waterline inside Kenney’s home is about two to three feet.

"And really what we wanted to save the most was the babies rooms," said Brad.

"This is all their stuff. All their first toys, and first cribs, first everything," said Shanna Kenney. "Everything is memorable when it comes to our babies. We started buying new stuff to replace some of it, and that's all gone now too. The crib is turned over, everything we put in it, everything we put on our son's bed -- everything was affected by the water. It hurts my heart."

Now Brad and Shanna look toward the future and cleaning up.

"I'll keep working. Keep my faith in God. Stay close to family," Brad said. "We're going to have to go higher and cute four feet out instead of two. It's just going to be  a long process."

Flooded home

If you have flood damage inside your home, the Tangipahoa Parish government asks you to call 985-748-3211.

Residents in East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes have been declared major disaster areas. They can receive assistance from FEMA at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA, and from the National Flood Insurance Program at floodsmart.gov or by calling 1-888-379-9531.

Right now there are 62 parish roads impassable. Drivers should dial 511 to get up-to-the-minute road closure information.

The National Guard says they rescued roughly 400 people and 100 pets in Tangipahoa Parish.

There is also a dusk-dawn curfew in effect in Tangipahoa Parish due to flooding.

Sandbags are available at the parish road barn in Hammond and the parish maintenance shop in Roseland.