St. Bernard reaches out to flooding victims

St. Bernard reaches out to flooding victims

ST. BERNARD PARISH, LA (WVUE) - St. Bernard Parish is opening its heart to flood victims. From helping with water rescues to stockpiling supplies, they're giving back the love they got after Katrina.

"We need medical supplies, baby supplies, we need diapers, wipes, adult diapers," said Heather Fandina.

Fandina is  leading the effort in St. Bernard Parish to gather supplies for flood victims. It was a project that started in her living room. Now a handful of volunteers move a mountain of stuff at the Sigur Civic Center. Ordinary things that are like gold to storm victims.

"We need food," Fandina said finishing out a list of wants to fill the boxes.

Fandina remember she and other were in the same spot after Katrina. Starting life over.

"It feels good to hand somebody something that has nothing just because I know. It's hard to have your kids ask you where we are going. It's hard," she said in tears.

Tears came easy when when flood waters filled  parts of baton rouge. Residents faced a new reality. St. Bernard parish was there too. The St. Bernard Sheriff dispatched deputies to assist in high water rescues.

"We were picking up people, youngsters, babies and the elderly. They were very thankful were were there," said Capt. Bobby Norton.

Sheriff Jimmy Pohlmann said he spent two days talking with the Livingston Parish Sheriff.

"I let him know you are going to go through emotional crashes, and two days later you're back at work working hard," he said.

Heather Fandina says this is just the beginning of a lot of work to help those in need.

"We've made two runs. The first run to Baton Rouge was to some fire stations. The second one was in Denham Springs at a church. They are hurting," she said.

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