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Revisiting Laplace after Isaac

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LAPLACE - Hurricane season just is days away. For some, the memory of Isaac is still fresh, since the cleanup hasn't stopped.

St. John the Baptist is one of those parishes still picking up the pieces after Isaac devastated the town of Laplace.

"We feel like we're coming back to the same thing because we still have a lot of cleaning up to do," said Kenneth Tremonte.

Nearly nine months ago Isaac slowly churned over southern Louisiana, dumping water and swelling lakes. Tremonte remembers watching the water rise in his street. He didn't think much of it, until minutes later, when the water starting rushing into his home.

"I was on the front porch, and went back in the house," he said. "Ten minutes later my wife was saying, hey, we got water coming in the house!"

Residents in River Forest off Airline Highway lost everything. Piles of debris covered front yards for months and remain there today. The Department of Public Works still makes weekly sweeps of the neighborhoods.

Many people are just returning home after giving contractors time to rebuild. Steve Redmondet did all his rebuilding by himself, and spent $45,000 making his home livable again.

"I won't leave," he said. "Most people say they're going to leave, I'm here, I bought it, this is it."

St. John the Baptist Parish is conducting a levee study, and will complete their research in 2014. The study will determine whether or not a levee is needed and where it should be built.


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