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City planning to pick up debris Thursday morning as residents continue gutting their homes

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BATON ROUGE - A number of homes in Baton Rouge look the same: gutted, with mounds of debris littering the yard outside. 

A foot of water caused irreplaceable damage to homes in Jefferson Terrace.

Raymond Dupuy and others from Jefferson Baptist Church have spent days gutting homes. Wednesday, they're working on the home of a couple who lived there for nearly 30 years. 

"We're having to take everything out the house. It's all wet. Nothing's salvageable. So we'll just put it out here and hope and pray the city will pick it up," Dupuy said. 

As piles of debris continue to grow, the city plans to begin pickup Thursday morning. Some residents are frustrated it's taken so long. 

"I'm really surprised it's been a whole week and the stuff just keeps piling up, and nothing's been picked up," said Bram Metz, the grandson of the couple who lost their home. 

The devastation is apparent wherever you look, but Dupuy is looking to his faith. 

"I think God's message is to help others. And if I have a chance to help others, I'm gonna help them," Dupuy said. 

It's unclear where the first truck will begin picking up debris Thursday. The city says it will prioritize the hardest-hit areas. 

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