I was one of the lucky ones in the August floods.
Sort of. Everything, after all, is relative.
Yes, we lost our home and one vehicle and my wife lost her employment for four months while the place where she worked rebuilt.
But as I said, we were lucky. The car was insured and we have three daughters, all within 10 miles, who did not flood. One of those is a single mom with a spacious, four-bedroom home, so we had a soft place in which to land. And that’s where we’ve been since August 13.
Now, finally, we’re purchasing furniture and appliances and the contractors are back to restoring our home. The sheetrock is up.
All it took was a low-interest SBA loan (nothing from FEMA, thank you very much).
So now I’m 73 and retired on a fixed income with a spanking new $120,000 mortgage. But on the bright side, I’ll be only 103 when my home is paid for a second time.
Which brings me to the point of all this.
LouisianaVoice did not hold its usual October fund-raiser because we did that right after the flood and I didn’t feel right to request help again so quickly.
But now, LouisianaVoice needs your help.
I now have financial obligations I didn’t have before and as I plow deeper into the operations of state government, commissions, boards, and campaign contributions, I’m finding more and more to report.
And it ain’t cheap. I have fuel costs for my 2009 truck, costs of copies of records when I am unable to scan them and now a new mortgage on top of everything else.
We need your financial help.
Please help us keep the stories coming by clicking on the yellow “DONATE” button to the upper right of this post and pay by credit card.
Or you can send your contributions to:
Capital News Service/LouisianaVoice
P.O. Box 922
Denham Springs, LA 70727
Any help you can provide is appreciated more than you could ever know.