Hours after the rain stopped, Port Arthur's West Side remained underwater

 Hours after the rain had stopped, parts of Port Arthur remained underwater.

The historic West Side of Port Arthur of the city made history with the amount of flooding seen Friday.

People living in the area are frustrated that it took so long to drain, and are insisting on answers from city leaders.

They say lack of readiness by city officials made their situation worse.

Karolyn Koluder is a home health nurse who wasn't going to let flooding keep her from her patient.

Koluder walked through floodwaters.  She seemed to have better luck on foot than Debbie Lorthridge had in her truck.

Lorthridge was just blocks away from her home and still struggled to get there.

So she stopped to take photos of the flooding.  She told 12News she had not seen it that bad since she was a child.

Not only were side streets affected but also major thoroughfares like Gulfway Drive and Savannah Avenue.

But it's effect on homes caused the greatest grief.  Water did get into several of them.

Some neighbors say the city's drainage system failed them.

Interim City Manager John Comeaux says the city's pumping units that drain the water were working, it was just too much water in too short a time span.

Former City Councilman John Beard, who lives in the area, said, "If that's the case, we need more pumping capacity, if not we need more drains that work."

Beard says it should be city leaders' priority that this doesn't happen again.


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