In the wake of severe flooding last week in St. Landry Parish, a food and supply drive is scheduled for tomorrow at three locations:
The Delta Grand in Opelousas, the Sunset Community Health Center and the Eunice Health Unit
The event will begin at 8 am and last until 6 pm. Items that are needed include canned food and non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, chemicals, gloves and mops. No clothes will be accepted.
Parish President, Bill Fontenot says the food and supply drive is very important for people living in all parts of St. Landry Parish, "people now need to clean up their businesses, houses to get back on their feet so we certainly could help those citizens if those who fared better are generous enough to come by, you just drive through here daylight to dark we'll have our employees collecting the supplies".
One family who has been helped enormously by the generosity of parish government is the Douglas family.
Carolyn Douglas and her husband James live in Lawtell, last week their home was devastated. Carolyn says the help they've received from parish government has been crucial "they've been doing a great job, the community action for cleaning supplies, we've been cleaning as much as we can".
Like so many families, they are left to deal with the aftermath of damaging floodwaters on a fixed income. The kitchen appliances, mattresses, furniture and food in the cabinets were all ruined.
Last week 95 bags of sand were delivered by parish government, since then, food, water and cleaning supplies have generously been donated through Community Action. Both Carolyn and James are so thankful for the help but neither of them want to budge the sand barrier that still surrounds their home. They are living in a "nightmare-like state" according to James.
For Carolyn the worst part has been losing her photo albums..
Some iconic photos, like their wedding picture, remain unharmed but the amount of loss has been overwhelming.
Erin Nicole KLFY Multimedia News