Nancy Ludwig said, "Each night it rises a little more. We just got scared and started moving out."
Now the Ludwigs friends are wading through high water to help them move their furniture and personal treasures above the rising water. The lake commission requests the spillway be opened when the lake reaches flood stage, but the Ludwigs say its too little, too late.
Ludwig said, "We just wish they would do something about the locks and the dams so we wouldn't have to go through this. But we do and its very devastating."
And they're not alone. people who live along Lake D'Arbonne are bracing themselves for more rain and potential flooding.
Judy Collier said, "If it rains a few more feet, we'll have water in our house."
Families like the Colliers are stacking sandbags--the last line of defense between their beloved homes and the rapidly rising lake. As stressful as it is, they say its a small price to pay to live on Lake D'Arbonne.
Judy Collier said,"We believed we'd died and gone to heaven when we sit and look out here on the water. This is just a small part of it."
The Ludwigs say they felt the same way until recently, when water started taking over their front yard. Under all this water is a patio leading up to the Ludwigs home. They say this is the third time its been this high, and when it clears, they're moving out, for good. They've lived here for 15 years and endured multiple floods without flood insurance. But this last rain has drowned their desire to stay any longer.
Ludwig said, "We do love the lake and we'd love to live on the lake, we're just scared now."