"The only thing that makes us happy right now is that it's a Sunday afternoon and we are with our neighbors," said
She and her husband
"It's our hurricane survival party," said
The Marquez family plans to stay in their house surrounded by flood water with their pets. So are Poag and Pendleton.
"We're saving our money for repairs," Poag said.
Sewer systems have been breached, as was evidenced by the stench. But that didn't stop neighborhood kids from riding their bicycles through the flooded streets.
The water around Pendleton's house came up to the porch, so she carried her seven-week old black Labrador Retriever puppy Jazzie through the flooded yard and onto a dry patch of pavement for play time with Roxie.
"She's already fallen off the porch and into the water," Pendleton said. "I heard a plop and looked down, and she was trying to climb up the lattice so I had to grab her collar to pull her up."
The neighborhood hummed with activity, some were hauling in groceries to ride it out, others packing up their belongings and heading elsewhere.
"If the house floods and I have to wade out, I will," said
The main topic of conversation among neighbors as they gathered in the streets and called to each other from porches surrounded by water -- when will the river finally crest?
The latest estimate is Monday.
"This is the worst the flooding has ever been," Rex said. "But that's what we have insurance for.
"You can't stop it, you've just got to deal with it."
The rising water destroyed the first floor of Rex's house, and he's predicting it will be a while before he can make the necessary repairs.
Rex is a contractor, and expects he will be swamped in the coming months making repairs to other people's homes.
In the meantime, he signed a lease this weekend to rent another house for one year.
"I've got to do my other job too, I've got to work and make money," Rex said.
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