Entergy, the energy company that provides power to parts of Louisiana and Texas, reports more than 85,000 customers are still without power in the state.
The damage in Cameron Parish on the coast of Louisiana from Hurricane Laura is indescribable. What’s harder to put into words is the spirit of this community even after going through so much. https://t.co/TC0dJ51msX pic.twitter.com/T6T1XYxgrF— Mycah Hatfield (@MycahABC13) September 9, 2020
More than 15,500 from Louisiana and 13,800 from the southwest have been working in the region since the storm hit. They have restored power to 179,000 of the 270,900 customers who were affected.
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People who live in Cameron Parish estimate they will not have electricity for another six to eight weeks.
The first picture is from the day Hurricane Laura hit. This is where we stopped on our journey to Cameron because of downed power lines. The second photo is today - a cleared road. Recovery will take time but progress is being made.https://t.co/K7DweMbzsK pic.twitter.com/TJ0GZR0EKQ— Mycah Hatfield (@MycahABC13) September 9, 2020
Many of them are driving hours every day to work on their homes.
Because of the pandemic, people who need shelter are being placed in hotels. The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has 12,913 people being sheltered in the state. They are in 42 hotels in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport.
Meanwhile, The Red Cross is housing people in New Orleans.
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The Texas Division of Emergency Management is housing 5,200 Louisiana residents in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio.
The distance residents have to travel daily puts a strain on their recovery efforts.
George Heard, his wife and son estimate they spend about five hours driving every day to and from their home in Grand Chenier.
Just about everywhere you look you see trucks and workers continuing to restore power. Entergy reports still about 80,000 customers in Calcasieu Parish are without electricity almost two weeks after Hurricane Laura made landfall. https://t.co/K7DweMbzsK pic.twitter.com/FupUSU8EdU— Mycah Hatfield (@MycahABC13) September 9, 2020
"We are tired," Heard said when asked about the long days. "We are sticky. We are extremely hungry and tired and it starts all over again at sunrise the next morning. By the time we get up, get dressed and get back down here, it's 9 or 10 o'clock in the morning and the heat is already turned back on."
Despite the challenges, residents of Cameron Parish are not complaining. They are grateful for the help they are receiving and the volunteers who provide them with meals that are ready to eat.
"They don't understand how much support they are giving to us," Heard said. "These people need to know that what they are doing is really appreciated."
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