Man refuses to leave home and has message for BP

By Andre Moreau - bio | email

GRAND ISLE, LA (WAFB) - Raleigh Lasseigne has been on Grand Isle for 50 years.

"During Hurricane Katrina, I had water over the windows right here," he said.

Lasseigne rarely leaves. He has made a living in oysters and crabs. He still has a sign in front of his house about selling live crab. The sign also has a message for oil giant BP.

The sign reads, "BP come get your oil. Please give us back our livelihood."

According to Lasseigne, people have stopped to take pictures of the sign. He said no less than 20 or 25 drivers a day stop and take pictures.

As Grand Isle and other coastal Louisiana communities struggle with this blow Lasseigne said he still has his sense of humor.

"You can't get mad," he said. "What are you gonna do, cry? That isn't going to help you. Well, you could. I know people that are crying. I saw people cry. I know a lady who has a little fishing pier. She's crying because she sees the fish and she can't go fishing."

Lasseigne is not optimistic about when the crisis will let up, but also has no plans of living anywhere else.

"Hell no," he said. "It's my place. It's home."

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