Huge piles of debris in hardest hit LaPlace subdivision

LAPLACE, LA (WAFB) - Piles of sheet rock, rugs and water damaged furniture are stacked high in one LaPlace neighborhood. The River Forest subdivision had some of the worst damage during Hurricane Isaac. Some residents there had to be rescued from waist deep water. But a week after the storm many say things can only get better.

"Sheet rock, our appliances, our sofa, chairs, dining set…everything," said Reverend James Harris, ticking off items in the pile in front of his house… "A couple rocking chairs that my mom gave me...and when she had it her mom gave them to her."

It's the same scene up and down his street. Crews carry out even more sheet rock and inside, more workers remove walls creating even more debris.

"The doors fell down; the dryer was full of water. The washing machine was full of backed up sewer," said Rev. Harris, walking through his home and pointing out the damage.

Since Monday, Reverend Harris has grown used to seeing his once tidy home be taken apart and trashed. Clothes belonging to him and his wife sit among everything else that's been moved into the living room, waiting for the insurance adjuster. Among what they were able to save, dolls his wife has had since childhood.

"Terrible...everybody's stuff is in the street, everything's garbage," said Lloyd Johnson. Johnson lives across the street from the Harris'. While the Harris home took in 18 inches of water, Johnson's home did not get that much.

"My brother, brother-in-law came over and helped me cut all the sheet rock out," Johnson said.

But like the Harris', Johnson too has had to rearrange his house; turning his living room into an efficiency apartment while working on the rest of the home. His furniture is drying in the dining area, where his closet has also been relocated.

"Had a tree through the swimming pool, I think we more upset about that then the house," Johnson said laughing.

Considering all the heartache, it seems most have kept their sense of humor.

Even Reverend Harris admits when the storm hit, he was worried about his wife, but he also had another love he worried about, and that love has never been out in the rain. "You can go 90 miles per hour into those turns and it'll hug them. They don't build them like this anymore."

It took Harris 10 years to get his prize Porsche in tip top condition, Isaac trashed and left molded, it in just a few hours. He says there are only five cars like his in the world, two are in Europe and two are up north, he has the fifth.

"I hate to even look at it really. Had it covered with that blanket," Harris said.

But he says he realizes the car and the rest of his things are just stuff. And he's trusted the words from his Bible: This too shall pass.

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