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Man living in tent since flood braces for cold weather

7 years 6 months 1 week ago Thursday, December 08 2016 Dec 8, 2016 December 08, 2016 5:30 PM December 08, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE – One man has been living in a tent since the August flood.

Rodney Guillory virtually lost everything.

"It's hard but I'm managing it," Guillory said.

With the cold weather approaching, living in a tent has not made Rodney Guillory's living situation any easier.

"It gets cold and that little heater didn't put out that much heat and water coming in...it's just I don't know. I've never been through anything like this,"Guillory said.

Guillory said that he has kept a part of his mobile home that he was living in before the flood since it holds sentimental value.

"Take the trailer out, and I save it, the master bedroom because that's where my wife passed away. And I wanted to save it in remembrance of her. I lost her in 2009," Guillory said.

Guillory said that he is having a difficult time.

"It's just really hard, you don't have a place to cook. You get sandwich meat and stuff from the store and put it in a cooler and the ice will melt and everything gets warm and the food ruined. You can't keep it, maybe just for a couple of days," Guillory said.

However, the Christ's Community Church in Denham Springs is helping Guillory rebuild a part of his damaged trailer. The church also gave him a heater and mattress.

"God just provided and just within 10-15 minutes a guy from our church bought his crew over there and began working on it and so now that room is closed in and so now he has a better place that he can live now and getting out of the cold," Shannon, of the church, said.

Guillory said that he is grateful for the church.

"They've really been wonderful," Guillory said.

FEMA denied Guillory a trailer since he had no insurance.

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