Jan 18, 2013 7:23 PM by Chris Welty

Neighbors Helping Neighbors During Flood

Acadiana is known for its generosity, especially in times of need. Before, during and after the recent flood we've heard stories of neighbors helping neighbors.

Last week, the Clay family was bracing for flooding. They live on LA-100 in the town of Evangeline in Acadia Parish. The Clays had about four feet of water in their yard, but luckily their home is built eight feet above ground and water didn't get in.

As you can imagine, the flood made for some trying times especially when the kids are cooped up inside.

"There was times when it was hard mentally, but we made memories out of it," said Brandi Clay.

The Clays documented most of the week taking pictures. Several stood out to us including the family posing in their hip boots on the front porch and the kids taking the boat to school.

"I know they didn't want to do that, but I felt like that was our best way," said Clay.

Before, during and after the flood, family, friends and neighbors moved items, brought meals and offered help in anyway possible.

"It was very overwhelming and very touching that they did that for us and I told my husband we need to get a sign out because that's the only way we can thank everybody."

For the Clays, this is a reminder of why Acadiana is home.

"We hear a lot of the bad, but there's still so much good in our little community of Evangeline and Acadiana itself. It's time to get back to our normal lives back here on the bayou!"

Chris Welty



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