Man living under tarp 2 months after historic flood

Man living under tarp 2 months after historic flood

GREENSBURG, LA (WAFB) - The Tickfaw River is low and calm now, but two months ago, it came up so quickly and Ron Hoffman lives just feet from the river.

"When I left out, I swam out. I knew I lost everything again and I just threw my hands up," Hoffman said.

When he returned home, he was right. He did have to start all over.

"Eight feet, it wiped out everything. You can go look in my backyard and the refrigerator is out in the woods. When that water went down, it took everything. I lost everything. These clothes that I have on, it's from my Aunt Pat," Hoffman said.

Along with the refrigerator still in the woods, many of Hoffman's personal belongings are scattered all across his property. He did get money from FEMA, but Hoffman said he spent it all buying material, some of which lies around his home waiting to go up. Going upstairs in his home, there are signs of work left incomplete. That's because Hoffman said he has no more money to hire help and he's too weak to finish it all himself.

Because his home is not finished, he has a tent set up outside, but he cannot get up off of the floor, so instead, his makeshift home is under a tarp.

"I'm not homeless, but I am homeless," he said. "I am living under a tarp."

It was actually Hoffman's second time flooding since January. He fell victim to the March floods earlier in the year when his home took on three feet of water.

"I replaced everything by myself out of my own pocket, bought a new refrigerator, new stove, new washer and dryer," he said.

Hoffman said he never flooded in the 10 years he's been in Greensburg but that's already happened twice in 2016. He said he wiped out his savings in March so now, he's left with nothing.

"I'm not going to be here long but I want my place back. I'm not going anywhere. I am staying right here," he said. "If I have to live under that tarp even in the winter time. You're not putting me in a nursing home because that means I gave up."

So how can you help?

"Furniture and help me finish this house so I can get in somewhere," Hoffman said.

He said he loves cowboy boots and hats and lost it all in the flood. His boot size is 10.5, and he was able to salvage one cowboy hat.

Anyone who would like to help Hoffman can contact him at (985) 514-4919.

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