Rescue continues in Laplace

Louisiana guardsmen and state Wildlife and Fisheries agents continued Thursday to rescue stranded residents from their flooded homes in a Laplace subdivision swamped by Hurricane Isaac.

Other residents of the Cambridge subdivision who fled the floodwaters Wednesday returned Thursday to salvage what few belongings they could.

Husband and wife David and Bernita Augustine and their frightened beagle, Ella, were rescued late Thursday morning by armed Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents in an agency boat.

“It was just a matter of minutes,” David Augustine said of the surge from Lakes Pontchartgrain and Maurepas that innundated his Yorktown Drive home.

Neighbors Moises Ledesma and Cornell Bolden walked in knee-deep water up Cambridge Drive, Ledesma with a 45-gallon garbage can stuffed with food and clothes, and Bolden with a 30-gallon plastic storage box, also jammed with food and clothes for he and his dog.

“This is unbelievable,” Booden said. “This is a no-flood zone.”

Darren Coleman and his 14-year-old daughter, Darenisha, also lugged a plastic storage boxes and plastic garbage bags up the flooded Cambridge Drive.

“This is our Hurricane Katrina,” Darren Coleman said. Adding that he, “Never would have thought in a million years,” that such a catastrophe would take place in Laplace.