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Hurricane Isaac victims have to make new plans for Thanksgiving

LaPlace neighborhood after Hurricane Isaac (Meg Gatto) LaPlace neighborhood after Hurricane Isaac (Meg Gatto)
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For many people in LaPlace, this thanksgiving will be like no other. Some are still displaced from their homes after Hurricane Isaac, while others are home but have no means to cook a meal.

Three months after Hurricane Isaac and Christina Gaubert still lives in a trailer on her front lawn.

"Beyond frustrating. In fact I was just telling my neighbor today, it's like I'm so tired of crying, it's just not funny," Gaubert commented.

Gaubert says camper living is cramped, so having a Thanksgiving dinner in there is out of the question. "You can see what we use the stove for, to store the iron and curling iron," Gaubert said.

Gaubert and her husband Alvin typically host Thanksgiving every year in their LaPlace home, but Isaac destroyed that tradition.  Now, they have to go to her brother's house in Metairie, leaving other loved ones behind.

"It's very depressing, very depressing because his momma usually comes here and she called him this morning, wanting to know were there any restaurants open because, since we're not going to be here, she's got nowhere to go," Gaubert explained.

About 90 percent of the residents in the Indigo Estates neighborhood still aren't back in their homes. According to the Gauberts, it can often feel like a ghost town. They think it'll especially feel that way on Thanksgiving.

"It's very weird, I guess is the only way I can put it," Gaubert said.

The Cornetts are one family that's back living in the neighborhood.  FOX 8 first met them just days after Isaac hit.

But while they can sleep in their house, the kitchen is still out of commission. Debbie Cornett explained, "There's no, like, hot water. Everything looks good kind of, but it doesn't work."

The Cornetts will be going out to dinner, to the Treasure Chest casino.  Debbie Cornett says it's the only place that will still be open once her husband gets off work Thursday night.

Although Cornett says that's not ideal, it puts their situation into perspective explaining, "You realize the things are not, the place is not as important as you thought it was, so as long as we're all together that really doesn't matter."

And being with her family is what Debbie Cornett is thankful for.

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