Thanksgiving is different this year for flood victims still displaced after the August flooding. Denham Springs Mayor Gerard Landry says 80% of the homes and businesses in their town had flood damage. He says it’s a struggle for homeowners to find qualified workers to fix up their homes and repairs are expensive.
“Some of the homeowners didn’t have flood insurance. This is going to be a struggle that’s going to last for quite some time, those folks have dug into their savings, their retirement savings.”
Landry says typically Thanksgiving is a time to visit with family and friends, but many flood victims have been living with loved ones for nearly 100 days. He says many people will try to carry on the tradition in a different city and everyone is working to help one another.
“If you can give a meal to a friend or a family that’s missing something for Thanksgiving then do so, if you can just reach out and just volunteer an hour a week to help somebody, just help with the rebuilding process.”
Landry says despite all of the struggles with rebuilding many in Denham Springs are thankful on this Thanksgiving. He says they also thank God for small favors too, as the flood could’ve been even worse.
“We can also be thankful that the flood didn’t happen when we had temperatures down into the 30s. You can think of what hypothermia would’ve done to some of these folks as they were trying to be rescued and the rescuers themselves.”