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Author: Stephanie Boswell
Like many living in the Baton Rouge area, life-long Denham Springs resident Sherri Gill’s home had never flooded until August 2016. Rising water forced Gill and her family to evacuate to her brother’s home, and for an extended period of time, 27 people, 13 dogs and two cats lived in a three bedroom, two bath house. With no flood insurance the only option for the Gill family was to rebuild on their own – a job that quickly presented many challenges. “My brother and husband framed up the house and put up the roof, but my husband, Ken, fell off a ladder and...
Posted On: April 18, 2018
Author: Stephanie Boswell
For the past months, FEMA Corps members Christopher Coles and Casey Regnier, both 22, have been on a number of site visits with the FEMA officials who check on the progress of Baton Rouge area residents living in FEMA mobile homes while making repairs to their storm-damaged houses.Coles, of Rockford, Michigan, and Regnier, of Neenah, Wisconsin, are part of a national service initiative through the federal AmeriCorps program. FEMA Corps provides opportunities for young adults to volunteer with FEMA and gain valuable emergency management experience. More than 300 FEMA Corps members were...
Posted On: October 25, 2017