Residents face more challenges after the flood

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) ––– Residents across the Baton Rouge area are still gutting their homes after a devastating flash flood hit the area.

We visited the Briar Place neighborhood, where residents told us they were still drying out their homes. “There’s no light at the end of the tunnel as far as that is concerned,” said Josh Chataignier.

Chataignier came to help his mom, Teresa Vidrae, after realizing the floodwater was going into the home. I looked outside, and it was to the deck, and the next moment was like a wave,” said Vidrae.

Having avoided flooding in the past, they did not see the need to get flood insurance. “It wasn’t something that seemed urgent, especially once it didn’t flood in 2016… So we felt like we were safe,” said Chataignier.

He says they had to act quickly once the floodwater receded, “when this happens, you gotta get in and start getting stuff out as quick as you can, because otherwise it’s gonna just get mold.”

Their neighbor Donna Durand who had been in her home since 1993, also experienced flooding for the first time, “you could hear it. It was like almost a wave sound. It was traumatizing,” Durand said.

Durand had flood insurance, but “it’s just doesn’t take away this feeling of being lost,” she said.

Estimating the cost of repairs is also becoming challenging. Durand says each time the contractor looks at the house, they find a new problem.

Residents are concerned about what is to come with the upcoming hurricane season. “that was just a rainstorm. I’m trying to imagine what a hurricane would do,” said Chataignier.

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