(AP) — Hurricane Laura was a monster storm that could have, even should have, wreaked much more destruction than it did, … That's what happened to Cristin Trahan and her family. Drone video captured extensive hurricane damage to the area around Lake Charles, Louisiana. Trahan, who works at Chick-fil-A, washes her uniform and dries it by the warmth of a propane heater and a fan in her tent. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Roofers work on the heavily damaged and gutted home of Christi and Brandy Monticello, in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Lake Charles, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Wilfred Trahan remembers driving home for the first time after Laura and seeing every telephone pole for miles snapped at the base. Residents have bought trailers and parked them in their driveways. Delta also ripped off the tarps that had gone up on roofs after Laura. A Facebook group set up after Hurricane Laura has become a lifeline for struggling residents. Christy Monticello is thankful for the progress. We’re doing it. Hurricane Laura roared through southwestern Louisiana early Thursday morning, killing six and leaving behind a wide path of destruction. The second one just was an insult,” Monticello said. “Everybody’s fighting for the same contractors," he said. His chimney had smashed through the roof and he estimated he lost about 80% of his shingles, leading to extensive water damage. 13 of 26 A warped ceiling fan hangs near a hole in the roof of Dewana Young's heavily damaged home, in the aftermath of both Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Grand Lake, La… A mobile home was thrown against a tree as Hurricane Laura hit the area Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Grand Lake. He returned Tuesday to assess the destruction Hurricane Laura had brought, but … LAKE CHARLES - The Capital One Tower building in Lake Charles following Hurricane Laura in southwest Louisiana on Thursday, August 27, 2020. We have an opportunity to make a huge impact on a small community in Southwest Louisiana that was devastated by Hurricane Laura. Get the forecast for today, tonight & tomorrow's weather for Grand Lake, LA. The Grand Lake High School south of Lake Charles, in January. After coming ashore, the storm brought rain and high winds to the southeast … “You do have to cry every once in a while just to let some emotions out.”. 5 of 6 Brian Eagleson sits in a space that used to be his carport the morning after Hurricane Laura moved through the area Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Grand Lake. (WBRC) - Hurricane Laura caused a great deal of damage and flooding across southwest Louisiana late Wednesday evening into Thursday morning. It may have ‘spluttered and fluttered’ but this snow angel was... 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In the early weeks after the first hurricane, she, her spouse, and three sons lived all together in the living room. Dr. Russell Ledet speaks with "GMA" about donations and relief efforts for his hometown Lake Charles, Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Laura. Finally, even after others had picked up, sold everything and left, they decided to stay put. The sound of workers nailing in their new roof on a recent Saturday morning was a sign of progress. On a recent day, he arrived at his property at 6 a.m. only to find that the contractor who was supposed to meet him there was a no-show. “The first one was a big blow. Katelyn Smith stands with her one year old son Ricky Trahan, III, as she prepares to change his clothes, as their family lives in a camper and tents where their home was destroyed, in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Lake Charles, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Aid efforts after Laura and Delta have only garnered about 25% of the volunteers and donations as other storms affecting the region, such as 2005′s Hurricane Rita, said Denise Durel, president and CEO of the United Way of Southwest Louisiana. Yale doc: Holidays different for those with COVID who lost... Police: Woman seriously injured in Hamden shooting, ‘My God, that’s a person’: Boat captain rescued man from river, House fire quickly extinguished in Cheshire, CT-linked authors tell of ‘The FBI Way,’ ‘Guide to America’, COVID-19 survivor: ‘I’m alive and we’re all going to be together’, New Haven school offers holiday joy during pandemic. Just weeks after Hurricane Marco fizzled and Hurricane Laura veered westward to bring its devastating winds to the Lake Charles area, the New Orleans area is now bracing for Tropical The house had to be gutted. Southwest Louisiana man creates hay bale barrier to protect home from Hurricane Laura By Brady Renard | August 25, 2020 at 10:29 PM CDT - Updated August 26 at 5:55 AM LAKE CHARLES, La. The Monticellos have since reached into their savings to buy a trailer and a truck to haul it so they have someplace to live while their house is being rebuilt. This Jan. 25, 2020, satellite photo provided by Maxar Technologies shows Grand Lake High School and nearby homes south of Lake Charles, La., before Hurricane Laura. The sound of workers nailing in their new roof on a recent Saturday morning was a sign of progress. Ricky Trahan sorts debris from his destroyed home, where he now lives in a tent with his wife, in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Lake Charles, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Homes damaged by Hurricane Laura in Grand Lake, Louisiana. To make a donation in support of … The Rev. Sports include Boys Jr. High Football, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Rodeo, and Track. LAKE CHARLES, La. Romero and his family often took weekend trips to their camp in Grand Chenier. According to Louisiana government figures, nearly 47,000 homes were damaged by Hurricane Laura, with about 16,000 of those in need of major repairs. More than a dozen Louisiana cities or parishes have issued evacuation orders or recommendations ahead of Hurricane Delta, while one town has … (KPLC) - Before hitting the road or hunkering down, many people spent the day outfitting their homes to withstand the storm. Lake Charles, Louisiana, lucked out on storm surge, but not on wind When it came to predictions for the path of Hurricane Laura, Lake Charles, Louisiana got … A warped ceiling fan hangs near a hole in the roof of Dewana Young’s heavily damaged home, in the aftermath of both Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Grand Lake, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Ricky Trahan runs an extension cord to set up a light, where he now lives in a tent with his wife, in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Lake Charles, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. “It’s almost overwhelming by the time you get home," she said. A destroyed home is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Grand Lake, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. –New satellite images are giving a glimpse of the destruction that Hurricane Laura has waged across Louisiana. The Category 4 storm made landfall in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, around 1 a.m. Thursday. His chimney had smashed through the roof and he estimated he lost about 80% of his shingles, leading to extensive water damage. Many residents are still living in hotels in Texas or other parts of Louisiana and commuting into town to oversee their rebuilding or entrusting the work to contractors from afar. We’re doing it. Linda Drounette, 78, drinks a cup of coffee while sitting on the frame of her front door, looking out to the debris left after Hurricane Laura on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. A warped ceiling fan hangs near a hole in the roof of Dewana Young's heavily damaged home, in the aftermath of both Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Grand Lake, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Roofers work on the heavily damaged and gutted home of Christi and Brandy Monticello, in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Lake Charles, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. The fallen trees that carpeted neighborhoods have mostly been chopped up and hauled away, but the roofs they devoured are still covered in blue tarps. Others sleep in tents. The hurricane-force wind gusts are expected to last through the evening for parts of southwestern Louisiana, especially from Cameron to Lake Charles. In some areas, such as Johnson Bayou, Louisiana, to Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Grand Chenier, Louisiana, the surge could rise to 20 feet. (KPLC) - This time last week people were boarding their windows and putting out sandbags getting ready for Hurricane Laura. The mascot is a Hornet. What didn’t get scoured by Laura’s winds was swamped by Delta’s rains. Now he commutes back and forth from Lafayette, about 75 miles (121 kilometers) away, where he and his wife are living in a hotel. “He kept our schools open,” said Gov. “It’s almost overwhelming by the time you get home," she said. A heavily damaged home and car sit unrepaired in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Lake Charles, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Jacobs: NCAA selection committee needs to adjust process for... COVID survivor: 'I'm alive and we're all going to be together', Yale prof’s book points way to a post-pandemic party, in 2024, Doc: COVID robs many of the memory of Grandma’s kitchen. Ricky Trahan moves debris from his destroyed home, where he now lives in a tent with his wife, in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Lake Charles, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Here's an interactive map and breakdown showing how it impacted each community in Cameron Parish. … Godofredo A. Vásquez/Staff photographer Show More Show Less 65 of 137 Hide Caption 3 of 24 CORRECTS FIRST NAME TO WILFRED - Wilfred Trahan talks on his phone while workers repair siding on his damaged home, in the aftermath of both Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Lake Charles, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. “It was several, several feet over, upside down, smashed," she said. She said she is constantly aware of the things that she used to take for granted before Laura, such as being able to wash dishes in hot water so the grease actually comes off instead of cold water from an outside hose. LAKE CHARLES, La. This drone footage over Grand Chenier provides an immediate look at the damage done by Hurricane Laura in August 2020. Trahan said she didn't want to take her family and the family's dogs to a shelter, and looters have gone through their possessions, so the family decided to remain on the property. Sometimes he stays overnight with family or friends whose houses survived. A recent posting asked for advice on keeping campers warm in winter or keeping mice out of trailers. Students from the totall… Hope that things will get better.”. Initial estimates from disaster modeling firm Karen Clark & Co. put the combined insured U.S. losses from Laura and Delta at nearly $10 billion. Having weathered Laura in a house south of Lake Charles, she struggled to hold her emotions in check in front of her kids when she saw what had happened to her mobile home. The official site of Lake Charles, Louisiana The City of Lake Charles provides the following update for today, Saturday, October 10, 2020 City Hall and Other City Services: City facilities, including City Hall and the Transit Center will remain closed on Monday, October 12, 2020. — Hurricane Laura hit the Louisiana coast late Wednesday night, bringing with it 150 mph winds and a deadly storm surge. You know Elf on the Shelf; in New Haven there’s elf with AI. Check flight prices and hotel availability for your visit. They've struggled to keep the rain out of their tent. Southwest Louisiana man creates hay bale barrier to protect home from Hurricane Laura By Brady Renard | August 25, 2020 at 10:29 PM CDT - Updated August 26 at 5:55 AM LAKE CHARLES, La. Ricky Thibadeaux emerges from a storm shelter where he and six others sheltered from Hurricane Laura on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Grand Lake, La. Another posting asked the question, "What does everyone need," prompting a stream of answers such as, “Drywalling lessons and classes on how to handle an insurance claim” or “HOPE. Every day, another house demolished. It caused the deaths of at least 42 people, damaged more than 400,000 structures and inflicted more than $14 billion in damages to western Louisiana and southeastern Texas. Like many homes, his two-story house looked OK from the outside but told a different story inside. Two-week old twins Lilly and Zoey lay in a bassinet as Hannah Bourque hugs church volunteers who brought Christmas presents to her son Conner, seated, outside the camper she is living in with her grandfather, while her mother lives in a tent in the backyard of their heavily damaged home, in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Lake Charles, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. GRAND LAKE, LA - AUGUST 27: People put a tarp on a roof damaged by Hurricane Laura August 27, 2020 in Grand Lake, Louisiana. Grand Lake rallied from a 3-0 first-quarter deficit to advance to the semifinals where the Hornets will meet East Iberville, which beat Haynesville. She and her wife no longer have to go to the Civic Center just to get basics like drinking water or ice. Hurricane Laura hit Southwest Louisiana as a category 4 storm Thursday, August 27. Piles of debris still line the roads. Christy Monticello is thankful for the progress. Roof after roof smashed. Residents have bought trailers and parked them in their driveways. Grand Lake Branch was the only branch to survive the storm. A Santa hat sits on a pole on a lot where Dewana Young's mother's home once stood before Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Grand Lake, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. A destroyed home is seen in the aftermath of both Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Grand Lake, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Every day, another house demolished. A mobile home was thrown against a tree as Hurricane Laura hit the area Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Grand Lake. The effects of Hurricane Laura in Louisiana were extensive and historic. The Monticellos have since reached into their savings to buy a trailer and a truck to haul it so they have someplace to live while their house is being rebuilt. Having weathered Laura in a house south of Lake Charles, she struggled to hold her emotions in check in front of her kids when she saw what had happened to her mobile home. Grand Lake School is a primary and secondary public school run by the Cameron Parish School Board with grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12. (AP/Maxar Technologies) The Grand Lake High School area following Hurricane Laura's passage. And that’s all we can do,” she said. Others sleep in tents. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images The parts of Louisiana that were under evacuation orders included areas with high rates of … Initial estimates from disaster modeling firm Karen Clark & Co. put the combined insured U.S. losses from Laura and Delta at nearly $10 billion. Hurricane Laura was one of the most powerful storms to hit eastern Louisiana, becoming the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall since Betsy … Conner Bourque reacts as he opens Christmas presents brought by church volunteers, where he lives with his family in a camper outside their heavily damaged home, in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Lake Charles, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. On Oct. 9, recovering residents watched as Category 2 Delta swept in just a few miles away. Brandy and Christy Monticello struggled with the decision: Stay or go? “The first one was a big blow. When Hurricane Rita exited Cameron Parishon September 24, 2005, only three of Cameron Parish's six schools - Grand Lake School, Hackberry High School and Johnson Bayou School were still standing. On September 23, 2005, Hurricane Rita hit Cameron Parish hard. LAKE CHARLES, La. There is a scarcity of just about everything: good contractors, storage containers, affordable apartments, staff for the businesses that are open. A warped ceiling fan hangs near a hole in the roof of Dewana Young's heavily damaged home, in the aftermath of both Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Grand Lake, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Sherry Bourque enters the back yard of her fathers heavily damaged home, where she is living in a tent, in the aftermath of both Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Lake Charles, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. On Oct. 9, recovering residents watched as Category 2 … But during her daily 45-minute commute from the trailer the family is living in to the hospital where she works as a respiratory therapist, she sees how much still needs to be done. Hurricane Laura roared ashore in southwestern Louisiana on Aug. 27 as a Category 4 storm just south of Lake Charles. Cristin’s son, fiancé and 1-year-old son are now staying in a trailer that volunteers gave them. Angela Cooley Bulhof evacuated with her family to Houston ahead of Hurricane Laura, but word reached her quickly that her church, University United Methodist in Lake Charles, Louisiana, took a big hit from the powerful storm. Jack Corbella walks past his neighbor's destroyed home as he assists his other neighbor who just bought the property, after the original owner decided not to rebuild, in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Grand Lake, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. A framed photo of Dewana Young and her husband Pete is seen, as they are dressed in Halloween costumes, as hurricanes Laura and Delta, in the aftermath of the two storms, in Grand Lake, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. The bulk of those homes are in Calcasieu Parish, home to the state's fifth-largest city, Lake Charles, with 80,000 residents. There is a scarcity of just about everything: good contractors, storage containers, affordable apartments, staff for the businesses that are open. Khalif Kinnie throws debris on a pile from a heavily damaged home he was hired to gut, in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Lake Charles, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Hurricane Laura was a historic storm. That means he can put supplies there and they don't get stolen overnight. Wilfred Trahan remembers driving home for the first time after Laura and seeing every telephone pole for miles snapped at the base. 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