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After the Flood: Families In Need of Trustworthy Contractors

The Great Flood of 2016 is long gone, the waters having receded back to the bayous, rivers, and canals of southeast Louisiana. Yet, almost four months after the waters’ retreat, citizens daily face new and reoccurring challenges as they seek to return to some sense of normalcy.

Charles Dickens’ opening line of A Tale of Two Cities is quite telling of southeast Louisiana: “It [is] the best of times, it [is] the worst of times.” (more…)

Snapshots of the Flood: Ramona

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

We got 6 feet of water in our house. We lost everything. Now we are trying to rebuild our lives. My husband and I both have heart conditions. I am fighting depression. We have worked hard our whole lives. Now it’s just gone. We are just so tired. Gutting houses is not for the weak. My granddaughter was rushed to New Orleans for emergency surgery. The Cajun Army worked on my house a whole day while I was in New Orleans. These people were sent from God!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Ramona’s snapshot illustrates an aspect of the Flood that cannot be quantified – the emotional and psychological toll on the citizens of Louisiana. Long after homes and businesses are restored, flood victims will still relive it through their memories and emotional scars.

Snapshots of the Flood: Thomas

Today, we hear from Thomas and his snapshot of the Louisiana Flood of 2016:

Our family of 7 has a small farm with a lot of animals… water came up on us fast as we where trying to help those who flooded [before] we did. Now 10 weeks after the flood [Thomas submitted his story on 11/2] and we received zero help from FEMA. My wife and 2 of our kids that go to a special needs school are having to live 40 mins outside of Baton Rouge, meanwhile I am living in the front yard with our 3 kids that go to local schools. During the flood with all our animals we had goats standing up on tables, tractors, just about anything else we could rig as a platform. The flood resulted in over $70k worth of damage to our home (FEMA has given nothing ). All of our chickens died; we had horses and goats that got sick from being in the water. Our child with asthma had to go to the hospital several times for breathing issues. The news has carried our story. My wife posted Facebook live videos during the flood. My wife and I fed people during the flood, have [given] away dog kennels, shoes, clothes, food. Even our older kids were rescuing animals during the event.

Snapshots of the Flood: Bonnie

Bonnie of Ascension Parish, Louisiana, shares her snapshot of the Storm Without a Name:

My parents land, which I live on with a large part of my family, has never flooded. We had my elderly uncle and aunt come to stay. They use walkers to help them get around. We flooded and were rescued by our Cajun Navy. My father is 82 and my mom 78. The flood water was approximately 6 inches deep but even that little amount caused havoc. Floors & Sheetrock and any belongings touched by the flood had to be trashed. We are in the process of rebuilding now.  #ascensionproud #LouisianaStrong!

When a Crisis Reveals Character: A Narrative by Holley Morrison

Holley Morrison is an Atmospheric Sciences major at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

The day before the historic event of August 13, 2016, my mom received her last treatment for breast cancer. We started off thinking that we were okay because our house’s elevation was over a foot above the crest of the Amite River. My house is on Maple Street in the middle of Denham Springs, not even a mile from Denham Springs High School, my beloved alma mater, which received 4 feet of water. The forecast of the crest started off at 44 feet and then jumped to 46 feet by 10:00am that day. That was alarming, but we were still over a foot above the forecasted flood level, so we were safe, right? Wrong. (more…)

The Emotional Toll of the Flood: NOLA.com

The storm without a name exists now only in our memory. The deluge of rain has long since subsided, and the flood waters have receded (for the most part) back into the bayous, rivers, and tributaries of forever-changed southeast Louisiana. Unlike the waters that always return to pre-flood levels, cities, neighborhoods, and families face a new reality – unable to return to their own pre-flood reality. The waters have left, leaving Louisianans to wade through the long-lasting repercussions.

The flood’s most significant impact in southeast Louisiana is the emotional toll citizens have taken. From the adrenaline-fueled evacuations in the midst of the flood to the gut-wrenching sorrow and anxiety after the flood, flood-impacted Louisianans are, in a sense, still experiencing the impact of a storm long-gone. (more…)