North Baton Rouge residents feel forgotten following storm, AT&T providing charging stations

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – People in a north Baton Rouge community said following Hurricane Ida their biggest issue is getting power restored but in times like these, they always feel neglected.

Barbara Williams sat outside her home with her husband, jumping up to see if our news vehicle was that of a power company. She said dealing with the heat in a home without power is too much to handle.

Residents in the Old Forest Heights community say they are frustrated because they have been in the dark for four to five days.

“I knew we were always going to be the last one to get utilities put back. I feel bad because we human, we’re people too,” said Williams.

Throughout the community, traffic lights are still out, broken trees are barely hanging on and people are standing outside to catch some fresh air.

“I feel hot, frustrated and really about to pass out most of the time,” said Williams.

The lack of power has companies like AT&T providing charging stations in the community.

Inside the gym of Louisiana Leadership Institute, there are multiple charging stations where you can fit 10 to 15 devices at each one.

“We just want to make sure the community know they aren’t forgotten about, we have resources on this end of town and we have somewhere for you to go,” said LLI’s Executive Director Jessica Carter.

People in this community said they appreciate the help, but just like their power, their patience is out.

“Come visit the neighborhood and see who don’t have power right now. Senior citizens, children, single mothers, black families,” said Old Forest Heights resident Ebony Terry.

“We human, I mean we’re suffering,” said Williams.

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