“Denham Springs is estimated to have 240,000 to 260,000 cubic yards of debris within its city limits after the severe storms and flooding devastated the region with an unprecedented amount of rainfall.”
All wet items had to be removed within a few days to avoid entire homes becoming contaminated. Mold grows fast! Items I didn’t even think about had to go … appliances!
I know someone in Denham Springs who is living this. Picture trying to feed your family when you only have three pots in various sizes, a slow cooker, and a cookie sheet to use (everything else is in storage). The flood happened right after the kids went back to school, and it devastated their high school. One month later, they are finally resuming classes at a neighboring high school on a split shift until their school is cleaned up and rebuilt. Their classes are from 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. with time to practically inhale a packed dinner before heading to band practice from 6:00 – 8:00 and then finally getting home around 8:30 p.m. by bus.
Denham Springs is not considered to be in a flood zone so flood insurance for homeowners in the area was not mandatory. Its average elevation is about 43 feet above sea level. They are about four miles (straight line) from the Amite River that flooded and about 80-85 miles northwest of New Orleans city center, which has an average elevation of between one and two feet below sea level (from as high as 20 feet near the river levee to as low as 7 feet below sea level in Eastern New Orleans).