Storm assessment crews tackle Webster Parish

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WEBSTER PARISH, LA (KSLA) – Damage assessments from October's storms and the resulting floods continue in Webster Parish.

The most significant damage in the parish is in and around Lake Bistineau and Crane Lake.

We were the only news crew following the assessment teams through Webster Parish today.

Gene and his wife Mary Stevens say they beat the flood. "People laughed at us about our levees the last 2 or three times…now, we've been doing the giggling," Gene Stevens said.

All jokes aside and down the road, water from Crane Lake forced the steps of Robert Peterson's neighbors house to move nearly 500 yards into his backyard. He and his wife also lost everything that was on their lower level. "On the bottom floor, it ruined everything we had," he said.

38 inches of water came into their home taking a lot of valuables, but thankfully the Peterson's said it didn't take their lives. "A lot of work; rebuilding but at least no one got hurt--except financially" Robert Peterson said.

The goal for these crews is to gather enough information then send it off to Washington to see if this area qualifies for federal assistance.

"Well I think they're a little slow they should've been out here quicker than this," Robert Peterson said.

Mary Stevens and her husband were spared the worst but, they are hoping for the best for their neighbors with the help FEMA may be able to provide.

"[They] need to bad--cause there's a lot of people in here that are flooded," Mary Stevens said.

Damage assessments will continue throughout the rest of the week. In order to get federal assistance, total storm damage for the entire area must exceed $5.8 million dollars.

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