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Still recovering after two hurricanes, Lake Charles dealing with impacts of ice storm

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Posted at 10:02 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 23:49:15-05

Power and water issues continue after this week's winter weather. Among those dealing with the impacts are those who were hardest hit by last year's hurricanes.

United Way and Second Harvest partnered up to distribute over 20,000 gallons of water to families in need in Lake Charles.

With limited resources throughout the area, one resident says they weren't aware of the distribution.

"There's no water. We can't find anything for me and I've got kids in the house we got to take care of and have to feed just like everybody else and it's hard to find anything right now. Everything's about gone.”

Over the last five months Amanda Trahan and her family have already gone through a number of challenges. They lost their home to Hurricane Laura and had to move in with her in-laws.

Now, they have no running water.

"For the past couple of days there has been basically no water at the house. If we do get any, it's a very light trickle. No baths, no showers, no doing dishes, no doing laundry," Trahan explained. "Extremely, extremely hard to deal with."

Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter says the city typically pumps 8 millions gallons of water per day, but right now they're pumping around 15 to 18 million. He's calling on residents to stop letting their faucets drip.

"I don't know if the city of Lake Charles has faced anything in our history, a more difficult set of circumstances than we find ourselves in right now," said Hunter.

Trahan understands the need to conserve, but hopes a sense of normalcy can return soon.

"It's a day-by-day thing, taking it one day at a time, but it's definitely not something I'm used to having at all and just a new learning experience every day."

Mayor Hunter requested that Gov. Edwards' office use Louisiana National Guard troops to distribute water to residents in the city. Hunter says he hopes this will happen on Friday.

Anyone who would like to donate to the Trahan family can click here.

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