Louisiana Flooding Brings Communities Together
While most headlines have shifted to other important and current events going on in the United States, Louisiana is continuing to deal with the effects from flooding that occurred in August. Even though most of the water has drained, the physical and emotional damage still exist.
Betty Huffman, a young woman raised in southern Louisiana, experienced firsthand the effects of the flooding. She attends Southeastern Louisiana University which is located in Hammond, Louisiana. Huffman said that she was about 25 minutes away from the area that was drastically flooded. In fact, roughly 90% of the parish that she grew up in was flooded.
“The water was about 1 inch from getting inside my parent’s home,” said Huffman. “My grandpa, who lives in a house about 10 minutes away from my parents, had four feet of water in his home.”
She went on to explain she and her family had to gut and clean the home completely, losing almost 40 years of memories in the process. Not only are people currently residing in southern Louisiana having to do physical labor, they also have to deal with the mental aspects of the flooding.
“If we aren’t working on it, it’s being talked about. Everything is just changed for right now. Normalcy has been thrown out the window,” said Huffman. “Schedules changed, routines become dysfunctional, mountains have to be conquered, even though everyone is so sick of the word ‘flood’.”
The floodwaters damaged close to 200,000 homes, leaving people homeless and some without necessities. According to Huffman, houses were stripped of all their belongings, and the roads were lined with high piles of debris.
While the flooding was extremely devastating, Huffman has searched to also see the positive aspects of it.
“Though there was such despair and heartache, and filth and tragedy, our community rose together. My family showed me, as they always do, what it means to work hard,” said Huffman. People from surrounding cities in Louisiana, and even people from across the nation worked together with the flood victims to get a lot accomplished.