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Gov. tours Evangeline Parish, hears from officials on damage and recovery

Posted at 6:37 AM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 11:50:25-04

On Sunday, Governor Edwards spent the afternoon touring areas ravaged by Hurricane Delta.

Following a fly over of damage, the governor met with with officials in affected parishes to talk about the steps forward.

"We want to get people's lives right side up again just as quickly as possible and make sure we're doing everything we can help," he said.

In Evangeline Parish, roughly 12 percent of customers remain without power. And across the state there are more than 10,000 linemen working to restore service.

Governor Edwards says, though the storm has passed, the threat is not over.

"We still have water rising as it comes in from Rapides Parish in the northern part of Evangeline, especially along Highway 167."

In Ville Platte, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine says there were a lot of trees down.

"It will take a little time, but the Governor is letting us know that anything we need for the cleanup, he is there to aid us."

Following Delta, one resident feels blessed her family convinced her to evacuate.

Catherine Guillory has lived in her home on West Washington Street for 16 years.

She says if she would have stayed, she likely would not be alive to share her story.

"I just had my mind set on living the rest of my live here because I just love this spot," said Guillory. "God was watching over me still."

Before the storm, a tree in front of Guillory's home was part of what made West Washington Street so special. The tree not only crushing Mrs. Guillory's home, but Delta sending branches through the roof of the church across the street.

"I watch out for the church. When I blow my yard, I blow their's I try to keep things going and do good," Guillory said.

As Guillory and so many others work to rebound, they stress how important the nation's help will be.

Governor Edwards says he's working with leaders to make sure the state maximizes it's reimbursment and assistance opportunities.

"We're going to try getting some recovery dollars to flow to the state through the department of housing and urban development, community development block grant funding whether it's for housing or mitigation to better protect us from storms in the future," he said.

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