‘Tough living’: Laplace residents brace for more rain from Nicholas

Another tropical system is expected to drop heavy rain over much of Louisiana as many communities continue to recover from Hurricane Ida.

St. John Parish was hit particularly hard by both flooding and wind damage.

On Tuesday, neighbors told WDSU that they are worried they will suffer even more damage from Nicholas, which made landfall in Texas Monday night.

“Me, as an individual, I can hope the Lord gives us a break and lets it dry up,” said Keith Donley, of Laplace. “It is just tough living.”

Michael Smith also lives in Laplace. He said most of his roof was destroyed in Ida. He hopes no more water will get in his home.

“I can’t do nothing without money, and FEMA said they are going to help us if the insurance don’t cover it,” Smith said.

Despite the continued issues, he said he plans to rebuild and stay in St. John Parish.

“I won’t say this year, but I’m going to be back in there,” Smith said. “I’m coming back.”

Anyone needing to apply for the Blue Roof Project should visit blueroof.us or call 1-888-766-3258. In addition, a mobile unit will be moving around the parish through Friday to help residents apply at the following locations:

September 14th – Matherne’s Parking Lot – 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

September 15th – Walmart Parking Lot – 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

September 16th – Juan Anthony Joseph Park in Edgard – 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Meantime, power restoration efforts continue in St. John Parish. According to local leaders, about 46% of customers are still in the dark.

A parish-wide boil water advisory remains in effect until power can be restored to all water plants.

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