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Oakdale flooding one year later: 'We have a lot of empty homes now'

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OAKDALE, LA (KPLC) -

When the Calcasieu River rose this time last year,  several dozens of Allen Parish homes were damaged. Oakdale was one of the hardest hit areas in Allen Parish, with entire communities losing their homes. 

Hardy Estes reflected on losing his home last year after his house flooded. It wasn't the first time Estes and other residents in Oakdale dealt with the high waters, but he said it was the last time he'd deal with it.

He spent thousands of dollars upgrading his home last year - just three weeks before the flood.  

"It just got to be too much," Estes said. "So after the last flood, we decided, even though it'd been our family home where we raised our children at, it was time to go tired of floods."

Estes said his home flooded three times in 30 months - one of the main factors when deciding to leave his neighborhood. 

Hardy explained only a few of his neighbors were able to recover their homes. 

"We have a lot of empty homes now," said Estes. "It was better to leave - easier to leave, easier on the whole family." he said.

Estes and his family have moved on but asked one important question when looking for a new place to stay. 

"When we looked to go buy a house I asked the man who owned the home, sir when is the last time it's flooded and he said I guess in the day of Noah," said Estes. "And I bought the house."

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