Volunteers from New Orleans area help people in Central

Volunteers from New Orleans area help people in Central

CENTRAL, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge was there to help New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and now they are returning the favor.

Carroll Estevez lives in St. Charles Parish, but she grew up in Baton Rouge. When she heard about the recent flooding, she broke down emotionally.

"When this catastrophe happened, I was standing in my kitchen, a ball of tears, talking to all my family and friends that are still here in the Baton Rouge area," Estevez said.

That's why Estevez, the wife of a firefighter, organized a huge donation for the Central area.

Volunteer firefighters from East St. Charles, Norco, and St. Rose drove in four truckloads of supplies for flood victims to the Magnolia United Methodist Church on Greenwell Springs Road. It included clothing, food, water, and cleaning supplies.

"We came together as one community. Everybody put in a lot of hard work. A few hundred man hours," said Cameron Buccola, a volunteer firefighter from East St. Charles.

Meanwhile, at the Central Intermediate School on Sullivan Road, the New Orleans restaurant Nacho Mama's set up a free food stand.

They served 1,500 tacos to flood victims. Employees say after going through Hurricane Katrina, they felt compelled to help.

"We flooded during Katrina. We thought we'd help out. It's just our way of giving back to the people that helped us out when we needed it," said Shane Finkelstein, owner of Nacho Mama's.

The restaurant said they are making plans to return to the same location next weekend. The donated items at Magnolia United will be available at 10 a.m. Monday.

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