Determination, disbelief as waters recede
ALBANY - Flood waters have receded in Louisiana's Livingston Parish, but they've left behind an atmosphere of determination to recover mixed with disbelief and uncertainty.
In conversations, residents and business owners in the town of Albany repeatedly note that the area had never flooded before - and flood insurance wasn't required.
Chris Bankston was with workers mucking out his family-owned auto parts store Wednesday. He says his father opened the business close to 70 years ago. He says water had never gotten within 200 yards of his business, until the weekend. By Sunday, the gasoline pumps out front were covered with water.
Officials in Livingston Parish have estimated that 75 percent of the homes were a total loss. About 138,000 people live in the parish.