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Sulphur neighborhood remains hopeful amid recovery efforts and threat of Tropical Storm Beta

Posted at 11:36 PM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 00:36:32-04

Residents in Southwest Louisiana still recovering from Hurricane Laura are preparing for more rain from Tropical Storm Beta.

The storm is putting a damper on the recovery efforts, but not halting them.

Families are still picking up debris and putting tarps on their homes.

Seth Gilmore of Sulphur said, "We're worried about the rain, we're worried about how much rain and how long it's going to sit over us circulating. We just want Mother Nature to give us a break."

Robin Baudoin who lives across the street from Gilmore agrees. As she walks through her home, the damage left by Hurricane Laura remains surreal.

"You still worry about it's going to get rain..it's going to get rain in my house and that gets you. That get's you and it's just never ending," Baudoin said.

We met Baudoin nearly a month ago when her son unexpectedly flew in from Wisconsin to help his mom salvage what she could.

Now, while others are preparing for rain from Tropical Storm Beta, she says there's nothing else she can do to protect her home from the elements. Crews have tried tarping her home multiple times.

"Army Corps of Engineers came out and said no go. Sorry, there's nothing we can do. It pretty much lets you know...that would have been the fourth attempt. With the thunderstorms, the wind and the rain, it's been impossible," Baudoin said.

Through this trying time, it's neighbors that get Baudoin through. The neighborhood has come together several times to help each other clean and cook.

"Dealing with everything we're going through with the day-to-day, the insurance and all of these other things. Being able to sit down together, cut up, laugh, have a meal and listen to some music was great," Gilmore said.

Baudoin said, "We're enjoying just being together. Bad circumstances, but good rewards. It gives you a lot of hope. You're going to get through it. We're taking care of business, we're taking care of ourselves and we're holding each other up."

Cleanup crews will continue picking up debris as long as they can throughout Tropical Storm Beta. Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter says sand bag locations are open in multiple locations throughout Calcasieu Parish.

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