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Family in Robert watched, waited as flood water filled their home

Andrew and Jennifer Jenkins walk down their flooded street. (FOX 8 Photo) Andrew and Jennifer Jenkins walk down their flooded street. (FOX 8 Photo)
ROBERT, LA (WVUE) -

Andrew and Jennifer Jenkins are still waiting for water to recede from their home on Gemstone Place subdivision in Robert.

The couple, who just moved into the brand new home in December, watched as a flash flood filled their house with nearly two feet of water Friday night.

“When it started happening we tried to stop it from coming in," Andrew said. "We didn't think it was gonna get this high. It got six to eight inches in a hour, it was just coming under the doors and we started to put towels and blankets and then it all started to come in through the walls, we couldn’t – we just gave up and started stacking stuff."

The couple spent the evening trying to get their belongings out of harm’s way, but most of their furniture couldn’t be saved.

“There was nothing we could do, we tried fighting it, we didn't know it was gonna rush this fast, it just happened instantly,” Andrew said.

The pair didn’t think they could make it out of the neighborhood and to high ground, so they spent the night on their bed, literally surrounded by water.

“We couldn't get out we were stuck here, we had to deal with it, but we had to stay here and watch our home get destroyed, watch it float away,” Andrew said.

“Everything that we've been working for and everything that we had is just gone, just like that, and it kind of makes me heartsick, because now what,” Jennifer said.

Now the couple is just waiting for an assessment of their home as they try to figure out how to get their lives back together.

“Everything's gone, we at least have to replace four foot of sheetrock around the house, replace all the cabinets, icebox, everything is shot, but we're alive, my kids okay, my wife's okay and that's where we go from there,” Andrew said.

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