ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH, La (NBC33) — A year after Hurricane Isaac flooded much of St. John the Baptist Parish, officials and residents remembered and commemorated how far they had come.
For St. John Parish resident Wendy Tamplain, the loss of Hurricane Isaac is still real, one year later.
"FEMA did step in and help out, but it's never enough. You lose your family heirlooms, I lost things you'll never replace," explained Tamplain.
It’s been a tough year for Tamplain and many others in St. John Parish, but on the anniversary of losing it all, parish officials and residents decided to rise above.
"Is St. John coming back? I see evidence of that everyday. Houses are being built, houses are being restored. About 80 of my officers are all back home, where they're supposed to be," shared Sheriff Michael Tregre.
And with the unveiling of a memorial for what was lost in the storm came a message of hope as well.
"We are one parish, one future, and building back better and stronger," said Natalie Robottom, Parish President
Tamplain said she will never forget her experience through this year, but now it's time to move on and start fresh.
"Sometimes we struggle and we have to accept loss, but it makes us stronger. And I do feel stronger. I have less things, but I do feel stronger," explained Tamplain.
The Parish unveiled a plaque Thursday to memorialize all that the people of the parish had been through since the hurricane. Many families in the area are still re-building their homes.