Jacinda Green reports from United Saints headquarters about the sights she has seen in New Orleans after Isaac.
Pleasure Bend is about an hour from the city and not even traceable on a map. GPS can sometimes figure it out but if you Google search it online there is, unfortunately, no information. Billy and I rode in one truck, Marie and Chris rode in another to distribute and talk to the residents out there. We gave out health kits, cleaning supplies, etc.
Despite the flooding, many of the residents were just happy to see us coming out to help. One commented that she had four feet of water in her home. Another lady noted that she had already gone through four buckets of bleach cleaning her home. The local stores are running out of bleach; it is certainly needed in the area badly.
The volunteer firehouse has been open during the day serving hot meals, sports drinks and bottled water. This is also where most of the distributions have been dropped off. We then load up the trucks and head down each street, going door to door delivering kits to local residents.
Nicole Calamusa and other residents were helping out neighbors by driving around on four wheelers and golf carts to assist in distributing goods to those who were unable to leave their homes. One lady was almost in tears when she talked about how helpful the neighbors have been. The community has really worked together to make sure that everyone is taken care of. They all have been checking up on one another and looking out for each other.
We spoke with Randolph Farve for a good bit. He has been living in Louisiana his whole life and is very passionate about the Pleasure Bend community. He says that it is a shame that they have to deal with the flooding so often.
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