Shelter provides relief for people in Livingston Parish after Ida

Hurricane Ida

DENHAM SPRINGS (BRPROUD) – After Hurricane Ida ripped through Louisiana, and many people in Denham Springs are in need of shelter.

Rescue teams are making their way through the parish, locating people who need help. Fallen trees and downed power lines are making their homes uninhabitable.

Angelica Wilson and her husband are two of the dozens of people staying at Live Oak Junior High after a tree crashed through their home.

“We went to Mississippi, he had got a text from his boss [that] told him we need to come back home because we have a tree on the house, we weren’t expecting the unexpected,” said Wilson.

Mary Rivera, the staff supervisor for the Red Cross, said they are preparing to accept more people.

“They are just worried about having a place to live, their place has been demolished. Right now they just want somewhere to sleep and some food to eat,” Rivera said.

Livingston had a second shelter at Albany High School, but after generator failure Wednesday evening, people staying at the school were transported by bus to Live Oak Junior High.

“It’s not comfortable, comfortable, like your own home, but I just thank God it’s somewhere that we can be safe, me and my husband are safe,” said Wilson.

Rivera said that they are getting people discharged from hospitals who have nowhere else to go.

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