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Major access roads to City of Central all flooded; residents scramble by boat to rescue stranded friends – The Advocate

On Sunday the city of Central was essentially an island, with its major thoroughfares in and out of the city completely flooded by the overflowing rivers. 

After the initial frenzy on Saturday to find higher ground away from their homes, many people returned Sunday to try to assess their damage, grab supplies or rescue friends and families who stayed behind. 

Joor Road, Hooper Road, Greenwell Springs Road, and the Central Thruway have been blocked for several miles preventing easy access to Central. 

For the most part, people trying to access their own homes or check on others had to get there by boat on Sunday. 

Albert White, pastor of the Abounding Love Church on Hooper Road, caught a ride with a good Samaritan who volunteered his motorboat. 

“I’ve been here since 1997 and never seen anything like this,” he said as the boat motored past home after home on Hooper with water so deep it only showed the tips of fence lines and the very tops of mailboxes. 

The man with the boat was trying to orchestrate a path to rescue his friend on Joor Road, a man he said is a dog trainer stranded with 32 animals at his house. 

But the problem many people trying to rescue others by boats were facing was the intermittent pattern of flooding, with deep lake-like pools separated by dry bouts of road. It makes it difficult for a boat to make a straight shot. 

Chad Savant, from LeBeau north of Opelousas, showed up with his boat at the flood waters’ edge on Hooper Road looking for a way to get to his brother’s family on Joor Road about three miles up. 

He said the last time he talked to his brother Lyle was Saturday when they had about 2 inches of water in the house and planned to ride out the flood. He said his brother was affected by the widespread AT&T cell phone outages and he has been unable to contact him.

Dustin Sinclair, who lives off Hooper Road, lives in a house that avoided damage, but they were cut off from access to stores and working roads.

He put on knee high rain boots and started walking toward the nearest opened convenience store for supplies a half mile away with water getting as high as his chest before he caught a ride in a boat. 

“You gotta do, what you gotta do,” he said. 

Brothers Cleveland and Mark Schofield pulled up with a boat on Mickens Road looking toward Joor Road. 

Cleveland Schofield said they were going to check on the status of their homes in Hampton Estates subdivision, because they hadn’t yet seen the extent of the flooding. Then they were going to search for others who were stranded in the area. 

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