Another neighborhood desolated after the Monday, May 17 flood in Lake Charles is the Cherrydale Street area. Like the Terrace, Oak Park, 5th Avenue and many other communities in the Lake Area, residents are at their wits' end. I know people who just finished renovations and hurricane damage repairs, only to have everything ruined by floodwater.

Lake Charles residents need a break from bad weather. It's devastating to watch everything you have get scooped up like trash and placed in dump trucks. What do you do? Is there help available? Yes. As a matter of fact, residents are urged to please fill out the questioner online at because that gives an account on how widespread damage from the flood is in our area. This, in turn, will help Calcasieu Parrish get a flood disaster area declaration, which will provide more resources to those who need it the most.

Area volunteers, businesses, and organizations are stepping up and lending a hand like Tabitha’s Closet at New Beginnings Church at 605 Prater Rd. in Mossville. Please know they operate on donations and are always in need of more to help others. If you would like to donate supplies, furniture, or anything else, call Cassie Gallien at 337-302-6458 or the church at 337-882-5122

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