Mar 14, 2012 12:02 AM by Shawn Kline

Volunteers pitch-in for flood victims

The waters are slowly coming back down after some people say rains caused one of the worst flash floods in recent memory.
Now, they're cleaning up but many are getting some help.

Fifteen inches of water. That's how much Anne Rolke found in her Carencro home.

"Thank you," Rolke told her helpers. "We'll have another load in a minute."

Rolke is packing-up what's dry, the few items untouched by one of the worst flash floods in years.

"A lot of the interior structure, the sheet rock and all that will need to be cut-out," Rolke said. "We're taking one step at a time."

For many homes, this is the worst flooding they've seen in years and they can use all the help they can get, and there's plenty of people willing to volunteer.

"Hard-workers willing to share," Oran Toce explained. "That's just the way the cajuns are: everybody tries to help the best they can."

When Rolke is at work, Toce is the boss but he was more than happy to give the crew a half-day to help-out.

"She'd do the same thing for all of us," Toce said. "We're pretty close at work so we figured she'd probably need a little help."

The damage was a lot worse than anticipated but it's not just coworkers willing to pitch-in.

"Mops, towels, paper towels, trash bags, gloves," Josiah Broussard listed.

Broussard is collecting cleaning supplies through the Family Church in Lafayette. It's just one of many places lending a hand so people like Rolke have one less thing to worry about.

A few other places are also accepting cleaning supplies as donations:

Community Investors Food Pantry in Church Point and the Unitech Training Academy at their Ambassador Caffery location.



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