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Allen sheriff urges residents to stay vigilant as flood waters crest

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ALLEN PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

On Tuesday morning, Fairview High School in Allen Parish closed due to flooding in the area.

A small section of La. 377, a highly used school bus route, was flooded, making it impassable. However, as the day went on, the water started to recede, and vehicles could safely pass through.

What started out as a potentially scary situation for the community of Grant, quickly changed for the better. 

"They [Fairview High School] called us," said Mandy Manuel, a mother of three - two children and one teen, who all attend Fairview High School.

Manuel said she received an automated phone call from the school between 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. stating she needed to pick up her children.

"I was just worried about everybody," she said. "I mean, all the kids being able to get home with all the parents that work, I was worried about the buses and our safety."

Maggie Manuel, her oldest who's a freshman at Fairview High School, was one of the students dismissed.

"We got let out of school early because of all the flooding," she said.

The flooding came from the Ouiska Chitto Creek and other surrounding creeks in the area.

"Out of an abundance of precaution the school board had closed Fairview School at 10 o'clock this morning just to be on the safe side," said Allen Parish Sheriff Doug Hebert, who also said residents across the parish should stay vigilant of their area.

The Manuels and others who live down Palastine Road in Grant saw the most water. It's nothing out of the ordinary for creeks to overflow from time to time, said Manuel, but it's never this high. 

"It hasn't been this high in years," she said. 

But it didn't take long for the water to start receding, which allowed residents in the area to assess the damage left behind. 

But for the Manuels, they're taking advantage of the floodwaters by swimming and playing in it until it completely recedes. 

"We're good just waiting for it to go away," said Manuel "We're just going to have fun."

Fairview High School will be open Wednesday, according to Allen Parish School Board officials. 

But the threat is not over for the parish; the Calcasieu River is continuing to rise and will not crest until later on this week. It could potentially impact areas all the way from Oakdale down to Kinder.

Flooding is beginning to reach the Ouiska Chitto and Calcasieu rivers in Allen Parish, affecting the Grant, Soapstone, and Mittie areas, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office has asked that residents let them know of low-lying areas around the parish by calling the office at 337-639-4353.

Residents in Allen Parish can also sign up for text alerts from the sheriff's office by clicking HERE

Sandbags and sand for these areas will be available at the Fairview Fire Station.

From the Allen Parish Sheriff's Office: 

If you need assistance please call the Sheriff's Office or 911, Please take no chance with these flood waters as they can be very dangerous, It takes only 18 inches of water to float a vehicle and 6 inches of moving water to sweep a person off their feet. Please be cautious when approaching any place where you see high water on a roadway.

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