Sneads Ferry woman watched from 1,000 miles away as her home was destroyed by Hurricane Laura

Denise Corman moved from Lake Charles, Louisiana about a year ago.
Published: Sep. 1, 2020 at 5:14 PM EDT
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SNEADS FERRY, N.C. (WITN) - The clean-up is continuing throughout the gulf coast after Hurricane Laura destroyed houses and took down power lines on the Texas-Louisiana border.

At least 15 people are dead and more than 8,000 homes are destroyed in the aftermath.

Denise Corman lives in Sneads Ferry, but grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana. As the storm made landfall, Corman said she was on a video chat with her family as they barely made it out alive.

“My mom was on the phone with me, we were facetiming during the storm and she was crying and I was crying, Corman said. “At that point she told me ’I’m not going to make it. I love you, and I’m sorry for staying but I’m not going to make it.’”

So many of Corman’s friends and family are without power, water or a safe place to stay. One of her friends spent days traveling to find a hotel. Another, Ivo Reynolds, is staying in his home, which was destroyed by the hurricane, is mosquito-infected and has no air conditioning in nearly 100 degree weather plus the gulf coast humidity.

“It’s hard to grasp anything right now. You just gotta take it step by step and do what you can do,” said Reynolds. “But, we’re going to come back from this and we’re gonna rebuild and it’s gonna be a better community. I promise you. Because the people here are the best in the world. The best.”

Corman said Louisiana needs donations of water, gas and power generators, as well as pandemic safety supplies like masks and sanitizers.

Corman is coordinating a visit to Louisiana to drop off supplies. If you’re interested in donating, click here.

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