LA flood victims don't want to be forgotten now that attention shifts to Hurricane Matthew recovery

LA flood victims don't want to be forgotten now that attention shifts to Hurricane Matthew recovery

HAMMOND, LA (WVUE) - FEMA trailer parks are beginning to fill up in flood ravaged Tangipahoa Parish. But as residents give thanks, they worry that after Sunday night's debate, their problems might not get the national attention they feel they deserve.

It isn't home but it may have to do for a while.

"It's a start on getting back home," said Tangipahoa Parish resident Mary Stalling.

She has been in her FEMA trailer for 10 days near Hammond and is thankful for a lot of the comforts she's missed since her Tangipahoa Village home flooded six weeks ago.

"They gave us everything to start us off," said Stalling.

Nearby, she's joined by some of her former neighbors who did not want to go on camera for fear of what's left of their flooded homes being looted.

"This one is much better. It has three bedrooms, a kitchen that's furnished. That's a blessing," said one neighbor.

While many consider the trailers a blessing, others worry about an overall lack of national attention especially after watching the debate.

"Tangipahoa has been neglected. I feel we are being pushed away again this time," said the neighbor,

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy says Louisiana flood aid should be protected as attention shifts to recovery from hurricane Matthew which struck the East Coast last week.

"Some are concerned that money allocated might be divided up, but the bill was written so the natural disaster had to have occurred by a certain date," said Cassidy.

"I'm gonna do a little each month. I think I've got a year here," said Stalling.

But for now at least they're grateful for a trailer complete with air-conditioning, stove, and even pots and pans until they can get back home.

Cassidy says he is confident there will be a second pot of money to include flood mitigation projects for Louisiana. So far Congress has approved $500 million in aid for Louisiana flood victims.

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