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Gustav - five years later

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Monday marked the five year anniversary of Hurricane Gustav for Cenla. Cenla saw its share of the damage - including heavy rain, flooding, and wind. One of the areas that saw damage was the Martin Park area of Alexandria.

"Man that night that wind blowed so hard and it rained so it tore up a lot of roofs. My roof over there, it leaked all down in my dining room," explained Floyd Kendrick; a resident of Martin Park for over 50 years.

"The power had already gone out, and once we pretty much opened the door that's when a lot of the water stormed in. The water was up to, past our knees, and we live on Spencer Street, so I think that was one of the hardest hit areas in Martin Park," said Deborah Dumars.

 Other areas of Cenla also saw significant damage.

"Well we had water get into the station and about halfway through the station. It didn't affect the entire operation but about half of it, and only the second time since I've been here, that's happened. The previous time was 1987. Gustav was one of the worst hurricanes ever to hit Avoyelles Parish. We had winds of at least 80mph across portions of Avoyelles Parish," explained KALB's Chief Meteorologist Tom Konvicka.

While Cenla has recovered over the past five years, some problems are still present.

"Surprisingly, on our street there's foundation issues. I've seen at least four maybe five of the residents that's had to have some repairs done. There's a lot of concrete buckling throughout the neighborhood. As I walk I notice that there's a lot of cracking, even now. Years later," said Dumars.

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