Residents react to the D’Arbonne no wake zone

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FARMERVILLE, la. (4/11/19) —  For over 30 years The Bullocks have lived in a house nestled on Lake D’Arbonne, but when the water rises and boats still glide across the lake anything can be drift ashore.

“Anything that’s laying out, boards and all that can be be washed through your windows,” said homeowner MaryAnn Bullock.

Tuesday, Lake D’Arbonne was shut down to boat traffic and declared a no wake zone. With severe weather on the horizon, for the Bullocks that’s a good thing.

Back in 1991, one of the biggest floods in Northeast Louisiana history covered most of the Bullocks yard.

“It was horrible, it was a nightmare! We had like 18 inches of water in the kitchen and 10 in the upper part of the house,” she said.

It happened quickly.

“We got a 14 inch rain in about 12 hours and that did it,” said Raymond Bullock.

The couple reports near 92 ft of water filling their backyard and as they prepare for potential rainfall this weekend, there are already some tell tale signs.

“The water was barely over the pier and we came back and it looked like it had risen like 2 ft.”

They believe that nothing has been as bad as the flood of 91 and they’re thankful. However, with the water so high, having boaters obey the no wake zone makes things a lot easier.

“The less you have to worry about, the better off you are.”

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