LaPlace residents still recovering 2 years after Hurricane Isaac
POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2014 - 6:51pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 29, 2014 - 7:19pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — August 29th is a day residents in St. John the Baptist Parish won't soon forget. For many, it's a reminder of the hardships they endured when hurricane Isaac swept through their close-knit community.
Shelita Robinson of LaPlace remembers, "I had nightmares and everything. That night when that happened I woke up in the middle of the night thinking that water was about to come through the door again. Like for real."
It's been two years since Hurricane Isaac tore through the small town of St. John the Baptist Parish. But Shelita Robinson is still feeling the effects of the devastating storm.
"It's not like it was before. But I mean it's better. It got better. But it's not all the way there though” she says.
Isaac destroyed seven thousand homes in LaPlace, leaving residents stranded under eight to ten inches of rain.
Shelita describes "the water was coming, it was coming though the front door, the back door, and it was shocking, it was very shocking."
When Shelita returned home for the first time, she found little comfort.
"I mean I lost everything."
The overwhelming destruction of the storm forced the town to come together for an unprecedented response and recovery. Countless volunteers, families and friends lent a helping hand to those in need.
Jason and Jaime Rich of LaPlace were lucky, "we had a couple coworkers of mine offer up their home if we needed. They kind of had the same situation, same age group as us. They had a spare room so we got a hold of them."
Today, Parish President Natalie Robottom asked for a moment of silence, to remember the events of August 29th, 2012.
Jason and Jaime Rich believe "overall, I think it brought us together, helped us really realize the important thing in life isn't really the things that you have, it's really the people that are there and that's really what matters. It's not all the possessions but those that you have close in your life."
Since Hurricane Isaac hit St. John Parish two years ago, the city is about 95% recovered. Over 191,000 volunteer hours have been recorded.