Columbia man escapes LA floodwaters

Columbia man escapes LA floodwaters

LOUISIANA (WDAM) - Floodwaters across the South have taken at least seven lives and so far thousands have been rescued.

While most of the Pine Belt has stayed out of harm's way, a few barely missed getting swept away in the floodwaters.

Columbia native Derek Bracey experienced high floodwaters while he was driving back from New Orleans on 1-55 on Friday.

"Me and my buddy were talking about it and we didn't think we would get back home," Bracey said.

Brace was just 10 minutes outside of Hammond, Louisiana, and did not expect the weather to be as severe as it was.

"I was actually kind of worried about like a hurricane, I was wondering if there was a hurricane out there or something," Bracey said.

He made it home safe, but others traveling on the road southbound were not as lucky.

"I remember seeing a car on the other side being flipped over by the median and stuff," Bracey said.

While some drove through floodwaters, LSU students from Hattiesburg like Tyler Sicard are worried about the aftermath of the flood.

"I'm sure the roads are going to be chaotic, I'm trying to find better back roads but I'm sure it's not going to be as bad," Sicard said.

Sicard said his apartment did not get affected by flooding, but that several of his friends experienced water damage.

"I have friends there right now and a lot of them have water damage and friends and family who have water damage but luckily I wasn't one of them," Sicard said.

More than 20,000 people have been rescued in Louisiana.