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Few Braithwaite residents rebuilding six months after Isaac


Braithwaite, La - It's been six months since Hurricane Isaac tore through Southeast Louisiana. Braithwaite was one of the areas hardest hit and residents there say not much has changed since August.

Angela Serpas still finds it hard to walk through her gutted Braithwaite Park home. "This was always be home for us, always," the mother of two said.

The house took on 15 feet of water during Isaac. The family lost pretty much everything.

On Saturday, the family cut grass outside the home that they made so many memories in. Serpas recalls, "Every day the kids would come home from school and they were never afraid to go outside and play. They rode their 4 wheelers."

The Serpas' own the house, but say they don't feel comfortable moving back in without the protection of a levee. "There's no levee back there. I mean, I lost everything in Katrina, lost everything in Isaac. You can't stay here with no protection and its only 18 miles. If they would give us the levee, or have an indication that we're going to get a levee, everyone would come back here but you can't risk, taking that away again. Losing all your possessions twice, no way," Serpas explained.

Serpas says that's how most of her neighbors feel too. Just three weeks after Isaac, Braithwaite Park was alive with activity...crews worked to clean up debris and homeowners salvaged what they could from their properties. But today, there's no activity at all.

Other areas of Braithwaite look the same...empty homes, and destroyed properties. "It is a ghost town. It's scary. You should come here at night, its dark, no street lights. There's nothing," Serpas said.

But despite how the area looks now, 16-year-old Lonny Serpas wants people to know how vibrant this community was before the storm. He made a sign, saying, ‘I love Braithwaite' for all to see. "I made it because everybody that was passing through here that didn't know what Braithwaite was all about, to show what the place meant to everybody."

To the Serpas family, Braithwaite is home. A home they may not be able to return to for a while, but the place that will always remain in their hearts.

While some people have moved back to Braithwaite, a majority of residents remain in other parishes, while they decide what to do with their homes.

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