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Acadia Parish hit hard by Delta

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Posted at 10:27 PM, Oct 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-10 23:29:19-04

ACADIA PARISH — Not even 24 hours after a roof was torn from a Rayne business, more than 100 workers were stationed at the Rayne Civic Center.

Coming from all over the Gulf Coast, crews were in Acadiana to help with recovery efforts from downed trees to power outages.

In Church Point, Delta's winds uprooted two tress next to a home with one crushing two cars.

In Crowley, there was damage at nearly every corner with Delta targeting many roofs and power lines.

The roof of Landry's Feed Store ended up across the intersection at West Second Street and North Avenue F.

About two miles away at St. Michael Catholic School, you can see right through the roof.

Once you venture downtown, local business owners were assessing the damage.

"This morning when we came riding in front of here, we said, 'Well, let's go check on the daiquiri shop just to see if it was okay, and we came to this," said Kai Wiltz, co-owner of Porchville Daiquiris on N Parkerson Avenue.

Wiltz, along with her brother and business partner, were cleaning up after their bar received exterior and water damage.

"We just thought we'd board up this window up because they have a little crack in it, so we thought, 'Okay, that's about the only thing that we're going to have damage on, but then our other building ended up with the damage," explained Wiltz.

Hurricane Delta comes not even a month after Wiltz reopened Porchville Daiquiris during phase three of the state's reopening plan.

"I mean, we're just trying to catch up," said Wiltz. "I mean, we're losing so much by being closed."

The business will have to stay closed a little longer as recovery efforts continue, but what's getting Wiltz through is support from the community in Crowley.

"We make a phone call, and we have people that come, and they know how to do patch-up work, they know how to do carpentry work, plumbing work, so just to have people that can come help us when we need help."