BAKER, La. (BRPROUD) – A couple in Baker now have a new place to rest their head after losing everything in the 2016 flood.

“I can’t thank y’all enough,” said homeowner Rosella Jones.

Six years after their home was destroyed in the 2016 flood, Rosella and Louis Jones are now able to move into their new home.

“Indescribable,” said Louis Jones.

“I am so excited and I am so happy and I am so blessed,” said Rosella.

They’ve been living with their son while trying to rebuild. A journey that’s been made difficult by
contractors.

“It just didn’t sit well with me because it was like 86 some thousands of dollars and the house didn’t look like they had done, at least, 20,000,” said District 2 Councilwoman Rochelle Dunn.

The couple also encountered health scares. 86-year-old Rosella Jones had a stroke and 87-year-old Louis Jones is now recovering from cancer. They said this could not happen without the help of Councilwoman Dunn who helped them find new contractors. Dunn said she’s treating the couple like she would her own parents.

“It’s not about me, it’s not about them, it’s about God giving them the chance to live the rest of their lives in a new home and that’s what I am excited about,” said Dunn.

Where once stood their crumbling home now stands a brand new furnished four-bedroom house ready to take on generations of new memories. The Jones’ said they finally have a place where the family can gather.

The Jones’ will be celebrating their 61st wedding anniversary next week.