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Mar 14, 2012 11:20 PM by Maddie Garrett

Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Carencro Flood Clean Up

It's day three of flood recovery in Acadiana, and as the waters recede the difficult clean up process is only just beginning. In Carencro alone it's estimated over 200 homes are damaged by the flood waters.

"We have to redo all the walls, some of the flooring, most of the cabinets. Everything that's here we're trying to save, but all that over there we couldn't," said Melissa Dickson.

Dickson said it could take a month to put their lives back together. The work is tiring and they've received little help in the clean up process.

"We got some assistance from the Red Cross as far as cleaning supplies, but Dennis our neighbor is helping a little bit, and our landlord. But other than that not really," she said.

Another homeowner, single mom Brandi Sonnier, said like many people she doesn't have flood insurance and feels like she's all alone to do the repairs.

"It's hard, it's a lot of work and it's very overwhelming," said Sonnier. "And still again I'm wondering where is the help, where is our governor, where's the people that is supposed to step in and help us?"

When outside help is nowhere to be found, Sonnier said her neighborhood is turning to each other to get through the disaster.

"Our neighbors are going house to house helping each other out because there's no outside assistance," said Sonnier.

Getting FEMA involved could take several more days, if not longer. So for now, Carencro is taking care of its own.

"It's reassurance, it's like somebody out there does care," said Dickson.

"And folks that you haven't really even spoken to, it's touching when they come and say, 'Hey I'll step in and help I see that you're by yourself, we can get through this together,'" said Sonnier.

And if you are in need of assistance or want to donate to help, call either 232-HELP or 2-1-1. You can also contact the Red Cross if you are in need of items such as cleaning supplies or clothing at (337) 234-7371.

If you had flooding in your home you should call the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management at (337) 291-5075.

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