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Sulphur family still trying to rebuild after Hurricane Laura

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Posted at 10:20 PM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 23:38:34-05

Five months ago this week, Hurricane Laura slammed into the coast of Southwest Louisiana, leaving a path of destruction in its wake.

For many families the recovery continues. One family in Sulphur is still struggling all these months later.

For residents like Robin Baudoin, it has been a frustrating five months trying to get everything rebuilt, and waiting is the hardest part.

“It's a bad, bad situation. I want to go home, I miss my home. I can't go home but I'm in a safe place and it's going to be okay."

Robin Baudoin has lived in Sulphur for more than 30-years, except the past five months thanks to Hurricane Laura. She says help from her insurance company is taking too long.

"They're telling me that it's going to take four to five hundred thousand dollars to repair that home or maybe even rebuild that home because of the way the construction materials are costing now, and they're offering me a quarter of that,” Baudoin explained.

"It's a very, very challenging environment, and that's why I appreciate so much the work that's been done and is being done. Recovery under the best of circumstances takes a long time and it's hard. And these are not the best of circumstances."

During a news conference in Lake Charles Tuesday, Governor Edwards met with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury to implement a structure for recovery operations for future disasters.

"He's trying and that's all we're really asking for. For one thing, he hasn't forgotten, even though it is his state and he's affected by it also, but they haven't forgotten us. I don't think it's enough but that's from a personal standpoint, that's the way I feel, but at least he's trying," Baudoin added.

Although the road to recovery will be long, Baudoin is hopeful to get back home.

"Sulphur is a great place. I wouldn't move. That's why I want to rebuild. That's why I don't want to go any place. This is my home."

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