DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - A month after flooding left 90 percent of Denham Springs under water, the community crowded into the Denham Springs High School football field the first game of the season.
"It's our way of bringing the community back together and showing them we won't give up," said senior Jordan Long.
Denham Springs High School took on between 3 and 4 feet of water during August's historic flood. The team currently is using a temporary locker room.
Hardly anyone in the stadium Friday night was not touched personally by the flooding.
"It's been difficult getting the Sheetrock out and all that stuff, but we've been able to do it," said senior Dawson Nethery.
After seeing the damage, ESPN brought their roadshow to the high school, doing live shows from the field. Joining them was reporter Kaylee Hartung, who is from Baton Rouge.
"I saw what I think so many people in south Louisiana have seen, which is the spirit, the resiliency, and the hope that was present and at that point it just made me very proud to be from here," Hartung said.
Many alumni were in the field for the game, including Carolyn Varnado and her friends. They were cheerleaders when they were in school.
Like so many, her home took on water, but Friday night was about moving forward.
"This may be a new beginning for Denham Springs again. Our team is going to be great this year, we've got a lot to look forward to, the good Lord is watching over us, and He's going to bring us through this," Varnado said.
That optimism was shared by many of the current students.
"It feels like we're back how we used to be, and it's a great feeling," Long said.
The road back to normalcy is still a long one for this community. They will not likely get back into their high school building until Christmas time.
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