FLOOD STORIES

With Cajun Relief and Crowd Relief volunteers taking to the streets of Baton Rouge and surrounding areas in the months following 2016’s tragic flooding, we’ve heard our fair share of stories of loss and suffering. Below are just a few of the tales of misfortune our case worker encountered while working in the field to assess and meet post-disaster needs. More stories, lists of needs and donation links are available in the Flood Victims section of the Crowd Relief web app.

Ms. Janie

Ms. Janie is a survivor. With your help she will survive the flood.

Janie Bridges lives in Clinton, La. The Amite River in Clinton, La., one of the first areas to become ravaged by rising floodwaters, shoving several feet of river sand onto the land. Elevated 10 feet off of the ground, the camp still endured 3 feet of water. She was able to escape by boat. She was on the news as panic set in across SELA.
She is just a few feet away from the river. She moved there to start a new life. She purchased a mobile home, which cracked in half, never being able to move in. She then purchased the camp, elevated 10 feet off of the ground, to start over, yet again. Her strength and independence is admirable, as she was diagnosed with breast cancer in March, then fibroids and cysts.
However, as she returned to her humble 20×12 studio style home on leased land, she began to pick up the pieces and start over again. She lost everything. As everyone else on the river received prompt FEMA assistance, she was DENIED by FEMA and continues to appeal. She received money for her vehicle only. Overwhelmed with stress, feeling defeated for the first time, suffering with health issues and mold setting in, she gets a bladder infection. Yet, throughout this ordeal, she has still helped others despite numerous setbacks.
Funds are dwindling as she is faced with either paying her bills, rebuilding her life or replacing the transmission on her 2006 Nissan Exterra. This beautiful, humble, noble, kindhearted woman needs a hero, an angel or simply a hand up. Will you extend your hand to lift her up?

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Edward

Home is Where the Dog Runs Free

Edward “EJ” Lowrance and his wife, Emma, have lived separately since the flood left 18” of water in their mobile home in Ponchatoula. Edward and the couple’s black Lab are living with Edward’s aunt; Emma has returned to family out-of-town as the effects of the flood have been too much for her to endure. The couple has especially grieved the loss of their photos.

Some progress has been made, however, funds have quickly depleted. Their unfinished list includes the replacement of doors, one bathtub, and insulation. In addition, the couple’s furniture and much of their household items need replacing. Edward is discouraged, Emma remains in despair, and even the black Lab is depressed. While Edward determines to maintain his sense of humor, his desire is to return home with his wife where they can continue life together and their black Lab can roam free on their two acres of property.

The support of family and community has proved to be lifelines for the Lowrances. A little goes a long way with the help of others. You can help by purchasing one of the items listed. Your support is a compassionate endeavor in the reuniting of this couple and their dog and their return home.

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Peggy

Peggy is no stranger to floods. She has survived them twice.

Peggy Riley had been bowling the day the flood was happening. When she came home the water was rising. Before she knew it her car was flooded and then her home. She lost everything and now has mold creeping up her walls to the ceiling.

She went to live with her sister which was over an hour drive from her work. This the second flood she has lived through and has been asking “Why me, again?”. Peggy now has a FEMA trailer, but really wants to have a permanent home. She says someone is worse off and needs the trailer more than she does.

In order to move forward she needs the basics – pots,pans, dishes, bed frame, mattress, bed linens, towels, sofa, end table, lamps and microwave. Clothing- size 16 and Shoes 7 1/2. Lift Peggy up from another flood and help her get a permanent home by generously donating to her.

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