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Cameron Parish family without shelter during Hurricane Laura ask for help

Posted at 10:16 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 23:21:18-04

One week after category four Hurricane Laura made landfall, some families say they aren't getting the help they need.

A Cameron Parish family displaced by the storm hopes that by sharing their story they'll get the help they need.

Before Hurricane Laura made landfall, Michael LaCoste and his wife made it to DeQuincy in Calcasieu Parish, but with no place to stay. They found themselves riding out the storm in a park.

"It was a horrible night and just the fact that my wife had to go through that makes me so upset. If it was just me I wouldn't be so upset. It never should've happened like that we should've had shelters open," said LaCoste.

LaCoste and his wife had to take turns sleeping on park benches after the storm hit. He says he's disappointed about the lack of help from government aid.

"I can't stop crying just the way we're being treated it as a tax paying citizens is just appalling to me. This is not what the land of the free is supposed to be about," said LaCoste.

Since the storm, the LaCostes are now staying with family in Lake Arthur, but getting assistance hasn't been easy.

"Ever since then, we've been getting the runaround from FEMA, we've been getting the runaround by Red Cross, and United Way. Everybody's claiming to help but nobody's helping. Trump is making appearances in Lake Charles and saying he's going to help but where's the help? Nobody's seeing anything. We're stuck out here and that's just our story," said LaCoste.

LaCoste doesn't know when he'll be able to go home, but he's hoping someone steps in to help him and others who have limited resources.

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