Snapshots of the Flood: Ashley from Holden

Today’s snapshot is from Ashley of Holden, LA. Ashley provides us with not only a short story of her family’s ordeal, but also video and images she took as the flood invaded her home. Be sure to read the captions in the images as they help to add some further detail to her story. (more…)

Snapshots of the Flood: Shelly

Shelly shares with us a Facebook post from August 21:

I think the foremost frustration in this situation is the time limitation. All the helpful advice is needed and necessary. But this is what happens. You’ve got to get the water out first and fast. That means cutting Sheetrock and pulling insulation and carpet. But before you can do that, you’ve got to pull out all the soaked furniture and bedding, all the while knowing that monster mold is coming for you. Once the major demo is done, you’re still pulling everything out of closets, cabinets,  and pantries so the demo people (thank God for volunteers) can get to the back of all that to get to the Sheetrock there. But first you have to go through every last little thing you’ve ever owned and decide what to keep and what to throw away. Angel volunteers can’t help with that. And all the while you know you have to hurry because you know the monster mold is coming for you. Then there’s this. You’ve told all your relatives who are coming from far away (5 people at least who will be rewarded only in heaven) to bring lots of bleach. Then fb says “don’t use bleach!!!” You’ve made some gut wrenching progress throwing away 50 plus years of your life. (Your t shirt from pelican girls state, your Mortar Board blazer, etc). Then fb says “document everything you’ve thrown out!!!” Well it’s already gone and mercifully forgotten. Then there’s FEMA to deal with and a tetanus shot to get and there’s no time because the monster mold is on the march. Okay. That’s enough of that. I won’t have time for fb today. To all my flooded out family and dear dear friends just know I love you more than words can say. And to all the helping angels I may even love you more than that!

Once the waters receded, flood victims were in a race with time – a race against the onset of mold. The flood occurred during one of the hottest months of the Louisiana summer. The heat and humidity, mixed in with the water-logged city, provided the ideal scenario for the arrival of what Shelly calls “the monster mold.” There was little time to save items of sentimental value – you had to gut the home so that dry air could the water could be chased out from every nook and cranny.

There was little time to grieve, and little time to process the enormity of what had just happened. Everyone was in the race together against the malevolent mold.

The Advocate on the 1983 Flood

An April 8, 2013 article from Baton Rouge’s The Advocate has been making its rounds on Facebook. The article is titled “Hell and High Water: The Devastating Flood of Livingston and East Baton Rouge Parishes in 1983” (by Bob Anderson and Bret McCormick) and marked the 30th anniversary of the devastating flood.

I was young when the ’83 Flood occurred; I don’t recall much of the actual event. What I do recall is seeing water up to the old TG&Y on Range Ave., and drawing a picture of the flood for class. According to the Anderson and McCormick article, it appears that the events of the flood are eerily similar to the 2016 Flood: (more…)

After the Flood: As Winter Approaches, Some Still Live in Tents

It has been four months since the August flood in southeast Louisiana, and while many victims have been able to get back into their homes, there are still those whose situation has not changed since August. The two Facebook posts were shared last week and serve as a stark reminder that there is still much to be done in Louisiana (and the same can be said of the Iowa and North Carolina flood victims, and the Tennessee wildfire victims):

From Shelly: For friends and family that live out of our flood area there is still need for prayer. The temperatures in Baton Rouge will be dropping in the 20’s this coming weekend. There are still families living in tents from the flood. Many in homes with no insulation or drywall yet. If a flood victim had flood insurance they are still waiting on their mortgage companies to release the funds. There is a lot of red tape in receiving the insurance funds you worked and paid for. If a person gets their funds then they get in line to wait on a contractor that is already overbooked. Many, many have a long road ahead and winter is here. Please pray for provision, warmth, and safety for these families.

Todd shared the following images from Shannon:

This is not an isolated case. There are many people still living in tents. In December. It will drop to freezing Thurs and Fri night [of last week].

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Snapshots of the Flood: Debby

Today’s snapshot of the Louisiana 2016 Flood is from Debby:

Still surreal. Profoundly humbling. Rushing water does not discriminate.
Losing everything you’ve worked so hard for is devastating. But when you have 45 minutes to decide what is most important to you, it brings so much into perspective. We saved our vehicles, our pets and a couple of pairs of clothes. And we are blessed more than many.

Family, friends, and faith pulled us through those first few days while we were wandering through the fog of disbelief. They are still walking through this with us. Our faith reminds us daily that God is still in control…and He is good!

#wewillrise
#louisianastrong

Snapshots of the Flood: Becky and Kayla

Today we hear from two flood victims. A theme that’s run through several posts lately is the emotional stress experienced after the flood – even months after. Yet, in the face of emotional hardship, we see the self-giving attitude of Louisianians during the flood as neighbor helped neighbor, and stranger served stranger. (more…)

Snapshots of the Flood: Brenda

Brenda, formerly of Denham Springs, LA, shares her ordeal during the August 2016 flood:

We were at home in Denham Saturday morning. We had no water but couldn’t get out because the front of the subdivision was flooded. We thought we were OK. We talked about possibly getting together maybe barbecuing. One neighbor got all the lawn chairs we had and put in his attic just in case. We were on the last street in the neighborhood, not realizing the front was under water. This started around 10 am. By 12 we were under water, praying to be rescue. We called 911 and they didn’t answer . We called the National Guard and they said they were aware and would get to us when they could. Local people started coming in boats to get their family members. We would beg for help.

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Snapshots of the Flood: Daniel

Daniel of Denham Springs shared his snapshot with me on Facebook:

[Of the picture:] My wife’s car fleeing get the flooding on August 13. This is I-12 westbound between Denham Springs and O’Neal Lane. The car performed superbly, later to be ruined by a local car dealer that left it with wet carpet and windows closed for six weeks in the Louisiana summer sun. We took 4 feet of water in our home, and really didn’t need the added expense of replacing a 2 year old car.

Daniel’s picture is of the same stretch of I-12 that my dad drove when he attempted to reach one of my aunts in Denham Springs. He eventually had to turn around due to the high water on the interstate.