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St. Amant couple living in carport since 2016 flood gets new home

Posted at 11:18 AM, Mar 29, 2019

A St. Amant couple is getting a new home after living in their garage since the 2016 flooding.

The Bourgeois family, Dean and Verna, have been living in unfavorable conditions following the loss of their home in the 2016 flood.

Thursday, the family was surprised by a group of people including Former Governor Edwin Edwards’ wife, Trina Edwards. They will be giving the couple a new trailer, paid in full.

Edwards says that they raised the money quickly after hearing about the family’s struggle on the news.

“Within one day, and with the help of several of our close and very generous friends, we were able to raise enough money to buy them a new mobile home. I can’t express how blessed I feel to have been able to help, but even more so, I feel so blessed to have met such a wonderful and amazing group of people.”

Brandi Brignac, who helped spearhead the effort said in a Facebook Live video that she will be working to have the old trailer and carport removed so their new home can be installed.

The St. Amant Fire Department will be assisting with the move and building access to the home for the couple. The new home will be placed where the Bourgeois’ previous home now sits.

“I have everything set up, all your permits. In a few weeks, you’ll be in your new home,” Brignac said.

The help is not over, Edwards and Brignac are still asking for help in getting the Bourgeois family the essentials for their new home. A wish list has been set up for those wanting to purchase those items for the family.

“God really does answers prayers,” Deena Bourgeois said.

Video from the Weekly Citizen can be viewed below: