Hurricane Laura

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Storm exhaustion arrives

At the beginning of the year, the storm gurus said they were more confident than usual that this hurricane season would be busier than usual. They didn’t know how right they would be.
The respected Colorado State University storm team predicted 16 named storms, eight of them hurricanes, and four of those major storms. AccuWeather foresaw 14 to 20 named storms, seven to 11 of them becoming hurricanes, and four to six of them growing into large storms. Weather Channel analysts expected 16 to 18 named storms, eight or nine of them hurricanes.

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Debris from Hurricane Laura has been stored on a lot at Jelks Street and Maple Avenue in Eunice. With Hurricane Delta, the city has a new load of debris to clear. (Photo by Myra Miller)

Debris pickup slated to begin Monday

Back-to-back hurricanes left an avalanche of debris in Eunice and across the area that needs to be picked up.
Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said crews will begin picking up debris left on the side of roads on Monday.
Whether it will be city or parish crews was uncertain Friday morning.
City crews had just finished picking up the debris from Hurricane Laura that hit Aug. 27 when Hurricane Delta struck on Oct. 9, he said.
On Friday, the FEMA disaster declaration was amended to include reimbursement to city for debris removal from Laura, he said.

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This selfie was taken moments before the Conner family, of Cameron Parish, evacuated their house in the face of approaching Hurricane Laura on Aug. 26, 2020. Pictured from left are Harleigh Trahan, Maeleigh Conner, Angelia Conner and Blaine Conner, Maeleigh’s parents. (Photo by Maeleigh Conner)

4-H families help one another with Hurricane Laura recovery

Louisiana 4-H members and LSU AgCenter agents have been offering hope, help and supplies to communities recovering from Hurricane Laura’s statewide trail of devastation.
Former Cameron Parish 4-H’er Maeleigh Conner has seen it all. When she was 5, Hurricane Rita destroyed everything her family owned. Now, Hurricane Laura has torn out shingles, siding and vents, causing significant water and structural damage to their home on Big Lake.
“It was scary,” Conner said. “We prepared ourselves to come back to nothing at all.”

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Hurricane victims who received HUD rental assistance may be eligible for FEMA help

If you were directly impacted by Hurricane Laura and live in one of the 21 parishes designated for FEMA Individual Assistance and were receiving rental assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) prior to the hurricane, you should register with FEMA.
You can apply for FEMA help if you were displaced from your HUD-assisted housing because of Laura. This includes those who were:
— Living in HUD-assisted public housing.
— Living in a privately owned apartment that provides rental assistance from HUD.

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Debris from Hurricana Laura is unloaded for a city truck at the City Barn on Bobcat Drive. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

City still awaiting a disaster declaration

The city of Eunice is still waiting for a federal disaster declaration that would help it pay for expenses incurred due to Hurricane Laura.
Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said the declaration was made to help individuals with FEMA assistance.
Fontenot estimates the city crews have removed about 12,000 cubic yards of tree debris left after Hurricane Laura struck on Aug. 27.
But the city crews have made one complete sweep through the city, he said.
Fontenot said the first sweep probably got only half of the debris in the city.

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