Thursday, September 29, 2005

Evacuees return after second evacuation.
Jennifer Davis, of Lake Charles, was at the arena Wednesday looking for financial assistance and a place to live.

She described a trip that took her, her husband and their 1-year-old son to northern Louisiana, where they spent a night outside on the grounds of a church that had no room inside for more evacuees.

They got into the church the next night but had to leave when power and water service was knocked out by Rita. When they made it to the town’s high school, the same thing happened, said Davis’ husband, Michael Guillory. They eventually made their way to nearby Opelousas, where they were staying with family.
She and others hold out hope for eventually regaining their lives outside shelters. "I thought I was on the path in Lafayette. But then to be moved from there to here, it was an uproar again."

West wants to find housing and a job in Lafayette.

"I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. I can appreciate a homeless person now more than ever."

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