‘They helped us during Harvey’: Relief from organizations across Texas pour into Louisiana

HOUSTON – The view from Hans Stevens’ cellphone showed a street lined with homes drowning in a sea of blue tarps. Tree limbs speckled yards and driveways as the buzz of chainsaws conducted the soundtrack Monday for communities in southwestern Louisiana cleaning up after Hurricane Laura.

“This house, a tree fell on the back and upfront,” Stevens explained, describing a street in Westlake, Louisiana, a city north of Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish.

Stevens owns Hans Crawfish Services in Cypress but Louisiana runs through his blood.

“My family got devastated by a lot of this stuff. I have family in west lake where I am right now and Sulphur has a lot of roof damage,” Stevens said.

Stevens had planned to be in Louisiana Monday to clean up communities affected by the hurricane. I posted about doing so to his business’ Facebook page.

That got people talking. They wanted to help

“What can we do to help you? I was like whatever y’all want to do to help. You can donate water we can bring it over there and we just had an outpouring,” he said.

A hundred cases of water, baby food, pet food, cleaning supplies, all donated and driven to Louisiana Monday.


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