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Groups hoping to help families still struggling from 2016 flood

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Eight Days of Hope is coming to Acadiana in June to help families who are still struggling after the August flood. Eight Days of Hope is coming to Acadiana in June to help families who are still struggling after the August flood.

Love Acadiana, United Way of Acadiana and St. Landry-Evangeline, the Diocese of Lafayette and Acadiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster are teaming up with Eight Days of Hope to help families still struggling after the historic flood. 

Eight Days of Hope aims to bring in 2,500 volunteers June 4-11 to split up work on 300 homes throughout Acadiana. They hope to have $500,000 for the work. The Diocese has agreed to match $250,000, but local groups have to raise the other $250,000. 

Families in Lafayette, Iberia, St. Martin, Acadia, Vermilion and St. Landry parishes are eligible for the help. 

Marion Buhrman, who lives in Church Point, is one of the families on the list. She said her life was completely changed by the August flood, and still to this day, her life is in disarray. 

"This is my home," Buhrman said pointing to a pile of debris still in her backyard.

"It's just very heartbreaking when you come home and you don't have a complete home to come to," Buhrman said with tears in her eyes. 

Her home suffered $34,000 worth of damage, but Buhrman said she got less than $5,000 dollars from FEMA and her insurance company combined.

She and her husband cashed in their 401k accounts to put towards their house repair, but right now, her kitchen is nothing but a bunch of wood.  

"It's painful to watch what you've put in your whole life for retirement and you can't retire now, because we have no retirement," Buhrman said. "It's painful, because we can't have family get-togethers. I have no kitchen. Easter was pitiful."

Buhrman is left washing dishes in her bathroom sink and cooking on her dining room table. 

A friend told her about the Eight Days of Hope project coming to Acadiana, so she reached out.

"The entire project is free," Cindy Dilena, executive director of Love Acadiana, said. "The building materials are free. The labor is free and that is the way we are able to bless these families and serve these families. It doesn't have to be a complete rebuild. It can be a couple of rooms."

While, Buhrman desperately wants a kitchen to wash dishes in, she has been hesitant to ask for help. 

"It's degrading that I have to depend on somebody else to do this," Buhrman said. "I feel like I am taking a hand out, because I know there are hundreds of other people who need it more than me."

She did say anything would help nudge her family along in the process.

The local groups need volunteers and donations for the eight days in June. For more information call 232-HELP. 

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