Sophomore Helps Clean Up After Hurricane Laura

Sophomore Laney LeBlanc helps clean up after Hurricane Laura in Louisiana

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Photo by: Laney LeBlanc

A photo of what used to be Orangetheory Fitness.

Lexi Pogue, staff writer

Sophomore, Laney LeBlanc, went down to Lake Charles, Louisiana to help people clean up after Hurricane Laura hit Louisiana on August 26, 2020. Hurricane Laura was a category four hurricane with 150 miles per hour winds. Due to the harm of the hurricane, schools are closed for the next few months. LeBlanc traveled to her grandparents’ house in Louisiana because her grandparents’ house had a significant amount of damage. LeBlanc describes the destruction saying “The destruction caused by the hurricane to Louisiana was worse in the city than it was in the area my grandparents lived.  Before I got to Louisiana, I had an idea of what it might look like there. But when I arrived,  the devastation there was worse than I imagined. Everywhere you look there were whole trees snapped in half like toothpicks. Metal streetlights were bent over completely. You had to watch out for fallen telephone poles and power lines when you drove around. Roofs were taken off of houses and windows were blown out. It was estimated that there would be no clean running water or electricity for weeks to come.” LeBlanc helped a lot there by cleaning up different things for a long time. LeBlanc also adds that “Most of the work I did was picking up bricks that the wind blew off the side of the house. There were also lots of tree branches and shingles to pick up from the yard.”  

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  • Picture of the Golden Corral in Lake Charles .

    Photo by: Laney LeBlanc

  • First Baptist Church of Lake Charles crumbles to the ground after hurricane.

    Photo by: Laney LeBlanc

  • A photo of what used to be Orangetheory Fitness.

    Photo by: Laney LeBlanc

Even though not everyone can go down and help, you can give to ministries that can. If you are interested in donating you can donate at tbclc.org