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Braithwaite gets a brief break from the storm


Braithwaite, La - Residents of an 18 mile stretch of the East Bank of Plaquemines Parish have had little reason to celebrate since hHurricane Isaac's flood waters swallowed their community. A month later, the tight knit community enjoys a brief break from the storm.

Braithwaite flood victim Eddie Williams lost everything in Isaac, but gained a true friend in Connie Uddo. "I run a Katrina recovery center in New Orleans," said Uddo. "That's what we do and of course now we're Katrina slash Isaac." Volunteers working with St. Paul's Homecoming Center gutted the home of Eddie Williams one week ago. Sunday, they cleaned and gutted 15 more homes.

Dvhante Woods volunteered his time Sunday morning. He is a volunteer with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans. He survived Hurricane Katrina and knows about suffering after a storm. "I lost everything and I know how that feels," said Woods. "So I came out here with my coworkers and my boss and I loved it. I just love helping people."

After the hard work was over, a party was waiting at Braithwaite Auditorium Park. "I felt like it was important to not only help the people, but bring people together and just give them a pick up," said Uddo. "They are so shattered and scattered like we were after Katrina."

Businesses from across the region backed the Team Braithwaite Foundation in giving residents a reason to smile.

"It's been a great turn out even with the weather," said Team Braithwaite founder Jesse Shaffer. "Here in Braithwaite we're not scared to get wet."

Jesse's mother Suzanne Shaffer is also very involved in the foundation that her started after the storm. "From day one, he's helped so many people," said Shaffer. "From the rescue mission, to putting clothes on their back, shoes on their feet and food. It's been amazing. I'm so proud of him."

Team Braithwaite also caught the attention of the Taste Buds: Three Chefs, One Mission. The trio of chefs known for giving back, served up lots of good food at the event called "Taste Buds for Braithwaite." The chefs are the founders of Zea Rotisserie and Grill and Semolina. "We called on our buds to help us out," said Greg Reggio. "We had some great partners here with Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and other restaurants that came out here, Acme and Chef Mark Uddo and Drago's and Zatairian's and of course all my employees from Zea and Semolina and it really made it all happen."

"The community is so grateful," said Eddie Williams. "Next disaster I will volunteer to help somebody out because a lot of the people who came to help us went through Katrina in Chalmette and they donated their time. So I know what it is to give. So that's what I want to try and do after all of this."

Music for the event was provided by The Yat Pack and Buck Town All-Stars.

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