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PostSubject: Need help! Update - 6/17/17   Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:43 am

Hi everyone! I am requesting your help.

On August 13, 2016, my youngest daughter, Emily and her family were forced to evacuate their home due to rising flood waters in Baton Rouge, La. The next day, her boyfriend Eric and his father returned to the home by boat to try to assess the damage. Outside of their home was what is left of Eric's car. It had been overtaken by flood water. Upon entering inside the home, both Eric and his dad had to push their refrigerator out of the way of the front door. They had also returned Emmett's crib to his room, as it was floating about the house. Everything they owned has been lost. Appliances, furniture, clothing, shoes, personal items, etc. all gone.

There is a Go Fund Me page set up, by one of my other daughters with a goal of 5000 us dollars. If any of you could donate even $5 Emily, Eric and Emmett will be forever grateful. Both of them are employed but at this moment they are unable to go to work due to the flooding and their jobs have shut down due to no power and flooding.

Any amount will be appreciated. Thank you in advance. Mamaj

https://www.gofundme.com/2jtf8ng

Hi all!
I have a little bit of an update to my youngest daughter's situation and some photo's. First of all, both my daughter and her boyfriend, Eric were able to return back to work, they had a FEMA inspector go to their home and they were awarded a little over $7000 for their personal belongings that were lost in the flood, they are receiving $1600 in rental assistance (= to about 2 months in rental payments) and they are receiving a little over $500.00 in emergency food stamps. Their home is still under reconstruction but with no final move back in date set. The go fund me page is still up and so far to date they have $70.00. They are currently in the process of trying to find a place to rent.

The following photo's are of after the water had receded and the beginning the clean up process.















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PostSubject: Re: Need help! Update - 6/17/17   Fri Aug 19, 2016 11:36 am

That's so awful for them. My credit cards have been stolen so plan on getting a prepaid when I can. Bookmarked the help me page.
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PostSubject: Re: Need help! Update - 6/17/17   Sat Aug 20, 2016 1:06 pm

Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear about your credit cards being stolen Gram! Crying or Very sad

Thank you for bookmarking the site and any donation you can make. Heart
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PostSubject: Re: Need help! Update - 6/17/17   Sat Aug 20, 2016 1:21 pm

What heartbreaking news! I've seen the coverage on television. I am sorry to hear your daughter and her family have been affected by the flooding. My prayers are with them.

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PostSubject: Re: Need help! Update - 6/17/17   Mon Aug 22, 2016 12:22 pm

Thank you Buttons. If there is one thing that I know for sure after living down there for a little over 8 years is, things/situations/life might case many of the citizens of Baton Rouge or even Louisiana to fight among themselves (recent rioting for instance) but one thing is for sure. If a natural disaster hits, they all come together and help each other out. All negative feelings are put to the side and it's all about communities, neighborhoods/neighbors pulling together and rebuilding.
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PostSubject: Re: Need help! Update - 6/17/17   Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:54 pm

Hey everyone! As most know I have recently traveled back to Louisiana to visit with my youngest. They were able to move back into their home this past February and are slowly getting settled back in. They are currently without a gas oven so she has been making meals by either microwave, toaster oven and a dual burner hot plate.

As we moved around some of the city while going out shopping or just for a drive, there are so many homes that are still being repaired, some that appear to have just been abandoned almost one year later. Many homes that are being repaired have FEMA trailers parked in the yard for the families to stay in while fixing their homes. Many businesses that I remember being open when I lived there and where affected by the flood just never did re-open. It was really hard to see the devastation that is still so visible and it brought out the magnitude of how damaging that rain event was. Everyone affected was truly caught off guard and panic or fear of the mention of hard prolonged rains/floods remains at the fore front of everyone's thoughts. Luckily many of the rivers that caused so much of this devastation are currently a very low levels, some are nearly dried up. But with Louisiana being so much below sea level it is also unfortunate that it doesn't take much rain at all before those same rivers I saw while there, would fill up and become dangerously close to flood level.

The Go Fund me page for my daughter has been removed, as she received the donations that were made (thank you for anyone here who did donate)and no more had been made.
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PostSubject: Re: Need help! Update - 6/17/17   Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:44 pm

That is just all so sad. Glad your family is getting some help( it's rarely enough) and have hope for their future. The poor town and people who lived/live there. It's so slow getting back on your feet after a disaster.
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PostSubject: Re: Need help! Update - 6/17/17   Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:21 pm

Yes it is Gram. And now with TS Cindy, my daughter is near having a panic attack. She went through their entire home and boxed and garbage bagged everything. We came home a week before this tropical storm formed. Had we been there still, as we were planning on not coming back until at least tomorrow (23rd) we probably would of got stuck down there waiting for it to pass. I lived through a couple tropical storms and 2 hurricanes there and they are not something I wish to experience again. It isn't so much the storm, it's the aftermath that's the worst part to go through.
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