Heart of Louisiana: Mackenzie Bourg and Louisiana Rising

Heart of Louisiana: Mackenzie Bourg and Louisiana Rising
Published: Aug. 31, 2016 at 12:07 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 31, 2016 at 7:57 AM CDT
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(WVUE) - Far from the glitz of Hollywood, "American Idol" finalist Mackenzie Bourg is singing for us in the gutted living room of his uncle's home near Lafayette.

"It's something you see on the news the national news, and like, wow, that's crazy," Bourg said. "But you never think, like, it would happen to you. And kind of coming home and seeing this happening to your family, your loved ones, it really does, it really does sting."

Mackenzie was working on a record deal in New York when he heard the awful news that his hometown of Youngsville was being swallowed by heavy rains.

"And once you get in the neighborhood you see the people starting to pile up trash and it's just, it's just heartbreaking to know that so many things inside of a home that, you know, you can't just purchase again," Bourg said.

"It was unbelievable to be just watching this rain just coming down and it just didn't want to stop," said George Favaloro.

Favaloro, Bourg's uncle, was overwhelmed by help from neighbors who came in canoes, filled sandbags and tried to keep the rising water out of homes.

"We fought it for a good 12 hours, and this big truck pulls up and these guys just walk up and said, 'Hey it's time to go.' And you know at first it was it was tough, but it's something you had to do," Favaloro said.

There was no stopping the water. It rose to 3 feet deep in some of these houses.

"We didn't take the time to pick things up off the ground and raise the furniture," Favaloro said. "We didn't have that kind of time because we were fighting to get this not to come in the house."

"People are really hurting just to kind of try to get their life back together," Bourg said.

That's why this young rising musical star is joining with dozens of other Louisiana musicians and friends in a nationally televised concert for flood relief.

"I think music kind of brings people together, you know, in good times and in bad times," Bourg said. "I just feel like I need to do whatever it takes to kind of bring people together and make this right."

And as they face the challenges of cleaning up and rebuilding, tens of thousands of flood victims are about to hear the sounds of Louisiana rising, and benefit even more from the generosity of others.

FOX 8 and our Raycom Media sister stations will present a concert on Monday, Sept. 5 to help flood victims. Harry Connick Jr. and Randy Jackson will host "Louisiana Rising," a benefit concert for flood relief.

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