ST. AMANT, LA (WAFB) - As the water begins to subside, expressions of love are overflowing in several Louisiana communities.
"We're going to make it thru this, we just need to stand together as a community and love one another and help one another," said Mark Stermer, the senior pastor at the Church International in St. Amant.
Members of Stermer's church spent their days after the storm passing out meals and water – a small but meaningful gesture as the community works to figure out what happens next.
"We've lost just about everything you can possibly imagine of losing. We've lost all our fire stations in St. Amant, we've lost all our schools, 90 percent of our firefighters have lost their houses, but we're still smiling," said James LeBlanc, fire chief in St. Amant.
Like so many in the community, Stermer's home took on water during the storm. Even so, he was out there lending a hand.
"We can't have our faith in the temporal things. It's in our relationships, it's in our families, it's in our spouses, it's in our relationship with God," Stermer said.
"To the residents of St. Amant. Hang in there. We're going to rebuild. We're going to get through this. We're going to be stronger than we ever were before," LeBlanc said.