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Stories of resiliency and neighbors helping neighbors in Southwest Louisiana

Posted at 9:12 AM, Oct 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-11 10:12:54-04

In the aftermath of Hurricane Delta, we have heard stories of resiliency and neighbors helping neighbors.

In Cameron Parish, the stars and stripes flap in the wind, a bright spot among the dead trees and mud following Hurricane Delta. Southwest Louisiana rocked hard by two hurricanes six weeks apart.

"Give us a break and let us clean up from the one. There's another brick in the road. We stumble over, pick ourselves up and we get back to work," said Arlene Frerks.

Frerks lives in the small community of Oak Grove. Her family's home was ripped off it's pillars and totaled during Hurricane Laura. For Delta, they hooked up their trailer and evacuated. While some are considering moving, the Frerks will continue to call this home.

"Whether it's another house or a trailer, we don't know. It's home. This is home and it will always be home," Frerks said.

Cameron Parish remains under a mandatory evacuation. Up the road in the town of Creole, there is widespread destruction. We're told the majority of damage is from Hurricane Laura. The main difference between Hurricane Laura and Delta is the amount of rain and water Delta packed into this region.

"We had a lot more rain and the water didn't get as high," Frerks said. "It still brought a lot of debris and you look around and can see all of this grass we didn't get with Laura."

In Calcasieu Parish, neighbors are helping neighbors.

Michael Boyer and his team are serving hot meals to anyone in need in Lake Charles.

"There are a lot of people in need that have absolutely nothing here," Boyer said. "There are no restaurants open, no power on, no gas stations. People need means to eat a hot meal."

Boyer's home and businesses were impacted by both hurricanes, despite that, he understands the needs of the region.

"My father raised me to take care of other people at whatever cost it takes and make sure other people are taken care of before you," Boyer said.

Throughout Southwest Louisiana, crews are staged in multiple areas, ready to begin the recovery process yet again.

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