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Harahan-area company serves up food to flood victims


Weary flood victims in Tangipahoa Parish got help Friday from Good Samaritans from the New Orleans area. 

Hamburgers, hot dogs, chili and jambalaya was offered up to flood victims in Robert. Durr Heavy Construction of Harahan brought its mobile kitchen to the community, prepared to feed hundreds - and the needy came in droves.

“I helped prepare all of it, I cooked a big pot of jambalaya and, you know, getting all the hamburgers together, hot dogs together," said Sidney "Cookie" Ordoyne, a 49-year employee of Durr who is now retired and gladly oversaw the preparation of the food.

He didn't dare miss being involved when the company decided to feed flood victims Friday.

“I had some damage in Katrina and, you know, people helped me, so I’m just trying to give it back every where I can,” he said.

"We went through a lot after Katrina, so it came pretty natural to us and it was just, let’s go. What you see here with the cooking trailer and the tent, we do it all the time for company functions, so it was basically like, let’s just take our show on the road," said Robbie Wooderson, also with Durr.

On an August day, the food and containers of iced beverages were much appreciated by those whose homes took on water.

“This is great, we been working ever since the flood on my son’s trailer up here, and if it wouldn’t be for this, we been living off of this. We work from the sun comes up until around 8 or 9 o’clock at night," said Marion Weedman.

Piles of debris litter yards and shoulders as flood damage was ripped out of homes and businesses. Some flood victims, though appreciative of the free food, complained of a lack of ongoing resources for that section of Tangipahoa Parish.

“Robert may not be on the map, but Robert has been affected heavily," said Patricia Wilson. "You look down 190, they had water up to the roof, people have stuff all over the road. Down the streets they had three and four feet of water in their homes. There’s elderly people out here, 70 and older."

At the Crossgate Church, the focus was on getting needed items to flood victims. The church, though gutted, is serving as a distribution site. Still, Pastor Louis Husser said they have a mission to fulfill as the community suffers.

“Although we may look like a victim, our people are up and serving and running and busy, and that’s the best way to deal with these tragedies - get out and help somebody else. So we’re here as a distribution point for supplies. Supplies are coming from all over," Husser said.

He said people in need of food, personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies should contact the church

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