GONZALES – Inside homes across Ascension Parish, materials and memories are being ripped from walls and thrown into the street.
“It’s just like a nightmare that won’t end, can’t wake up from,” Brandon Settoon said. “It’s everything we had and bought over the last 25 years is gone.”
Settoon bought flood insurance after Katrina, but it didn’t cover the contents of his home. Most of his neighbors are in the same boat.
People here in Ascension Parish say as far as food, water, help with manual labor, they're good. What they're wishing for most right now is for all this debris to be picked up.
“All the refrigerators in yards are full of rotten meat. It's terrible. You can smell it miles away,” Settoon said.
Some relief will come Monday, according to Rick Weber of Ascension Parish.
“I’d like the public to know: just be patient with us right now,” Weber said. “We’re only taking construction demolition debris. It will be a direct haul from their residence.”
Weber said if residents want to get a head start and clear room in their yards, there will be two drop off points that will be announced Monday.
It is a long road of recovery ahead, but for now, people like Settoon will take it day by day, hoping for the debris and devastation to disappear soon.