United Way “Mud Out” Program helps flood victims

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BROUSSARD, La. (KLFY) – Residents across Acadiana are busy gutting their homes after the historic flood, and if you are in need of assistance cleaning the United Way of Acadiana is providing a helping hand.

The ‘Mud Out’ program helps local flood victims clean out water and rip up baseboards as families begin to rebuild their homes.

United Way community collaborations manager Aaron Williams said anyone can sign up for the service, but they want to focus on people in need.

“We would love to target individuals that don’t have access or the abilities to do these types of services themselves. Elderly, disabled, I’d say single moms, but if an individual maybe doesn’t have insurance and needs a little extra help we are offering this service.”

Around 40 flood victims, likeJan Nevils, have already signed up. She said the past week has been a nightmare.

“You wake up with your feet in two feet of water and you think all of the things I have collected my whole life have just gone down the drain.”

Nevils, like many others, felt hopeless as she watched her family home fill with water.

“I had about 15 inches of water. Most of the water had drained off except for in two rooms, water sat for about three days, so that was discouraging.”

On Tuesday Nevil’s prayers were answered when volunteers showed up with supplies. Richard Quintano is a volunteer from Indiana. He said it has been an honor to help those in need.

“To know the hardship that the people are going through and to be able to go in and help them is an amazing thing.”

Nevils said the ‘Mud Out’ program lifted a huge burdon off her shoulders.

“It has been the greatest blessing because I have prayed so hard for God to send the people to my life to make a difference and Samaritans Purse shows up, they just fell out of the sky.”

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance to call 232-help.

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