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Sat January 12, 2013

Weather Service: Clayton, La., Got 7.2 Inches of Rain

The National Weather Service says the Concordia Parish town of Clayton got 7.2 inches of rain Wednesday and Thursday.

Mayor Rydell Taylor says the town of 700 looks like a lake, and water got into six to 10 homes. Taylor says a waterworks employee carried about a dozen children across flooded yards to their school bus, and he himself carried a disabled woman to the bus that takes her to work.

Taylor says nobody has been hurt, and water levels were dropping by late Thursday morning.

He blames the flooding on an audit that questioned whether parish road tax money should be used to clean drainage ditches. He says those ditches are now overgrown with weeds and even trees.