POSTED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 11:02pm
UPDATED: Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 12:40pm
BAYOU CORNE,LA (NBC33) — People living in Bayou Corne are standing strong to make their voices heard. Now they've enlist help of a Ret. Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore. They pray he can give them the direction they've been needing.
"I'm hoping he can help us some kind of way. I mean I don't know exactly what he can do," Betty Thibodaux, Bayou Corne resident,said.
Members of the Bayou Corne community gathered Wednesday night in Pierre Part for their own form of group therapy.
"So we try to get together once a week and talk about each others problems," Thibodaux explained.
The meetings are designed to help the community deal with the frustrations created by a massive sinkhole that's driven them from their homes.
For Betty Thibodaux the pain is real. Her husband is sick, and she can't afford to wait for Texas Brine to buy her out.
"I'm trying to get a house, but I can't get a loan," She described. "I own the house that I've got now, so I can not get a loan."
Banks refused her saying she needed proof that Texas Brine would continue to give her assistant checks. She says she doesn't feel comfortable even talking to Texas Brine.
Now Thibodaux and the rest of the Bayou Corne community are banking on Ret. Lt. Gen. Russel Honore for help.
"I don't know I'm going to talk to him," She said. "I need somebody to help me. I hope it can work out for me."
Honore helped New Orleans residents in their recovery after Hurricane Katrina, and the Bayou Corne community hopes he can put pressure on Texas Brine.
"He carry's more weight than we do," Nick Romero, Bayou Corne resident, explained. "It seems like Texas Brine is taking its sweet time, and they are really in no hurry. "
"People are being disrespected by the company that created this problem," Ret. Lt. Gen. Russel Honore said.
Honore was drawn to the Bayou Corne community after he first saw the devastation in August.
"To see the cascading affect the human drama unfolding," He described. "This is not just an environmental disaster it's a human disaster. [ A human disaster because] Looking at the people that were displaced; people that are getting sick physically mentally."
Honore talked with the group and took down notes about the struggles they face. The community shared what the could in hopes Honore could get someone to listen.
"It appears they have to fight for help from the government. Parish, state and federal government that appears to be observers not actors," Honore exclaimed.
Honore said he plans to stick with the Bayou Corne community and do whatever it takes to get them through.
It's up to them to stay strong as a community.
"The person they are waiting for to solve their problem is them," Honore explained. "Operate as a team here. They need to stick together and work with one another. They need to use there voice. "