‘GMA’ visits Louisiana town rebuilding after 2 hurricanes

The blue-collar town of Lake Charles was already struggling with the economic impact of the pandemic when back-to-back storms hit.
4:54 | 10/22/20

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I both know that the people here in Lake Charles, Louisiana, are no stranger to hurricanes or hard work but this year it's a blue collar town, you know, really they get after it and they were already struggling with the economic impact of the pandemic when the storms, plural, storms came along. One after another and now they need help to rebuild. August 27th. Hurricane Laura crashing ashore in Louisiana as a category 4. Bringing with her 150-mile-per-hour winds. And leaving behind a ravaged region with more than two dozen people dead. Communities near the breaking point, pushed closer to the edge. But mother nature was not done yet. Just six weeks later another hurricane, this one named delta. Smaller but no less severe, combined the two storms causing an estimated $8.7 billion in insured losses. An unimaginable loss for so many in this hard working community. In addition to having to face the pandemic. Now, they're coming together to clean up after all this catastrophic damage that has been left behind and their hope is to not be forgotten. We got to do what we got to do and, you know, it's like my nerves are a little shaken and everything, but I'm prayerful. Reporter: A large number of homes in this area were uninsured and many with deductibles so high that the community is struggling to get back on its feet. Not really one house in this particular neighborhood that hadn't been affected. What are your most immediate need. Probably for our lower income, some of them don't have insurance, some of them can't afford the high deductibles that they'll pay for their insurance so hopefully they can get some type of assistance either from the federal government or from private sources. We want our community back the way it was. Oh, my god. Reporter: Thousands of families packing their cars and lining up for warm meals. Any kind of help you can give is a miracle. Especially for this area. Reporter: It's a monumental effort made possible by essential volunteers. Kelly Jackson is one of them. What do you say to America about not forgetting when people are in need? Say, help as much as you can. There are people here who haven't forgotten about you. Move on down. Reporter: Leida Robinson has been volunteering for two months. From what I've witnessed from the people that have come through this line, they're resilient. They are people that are striving to help one another in unity. If you need something let us know, okay? That's right. That's right. One day at a time. That's what we're doing at Lake Charles. Reporter: What you also see across town from rooftop to rooftop are those unmistakable blue FEMA tarps signaling help is still needed here. Sheriff Tony Mancuso take me through the hard-hit neighborhood of autumn run where cement foundations are the only remainder of homes that once stood. That's just gone. Yeah. You know what, we don't know that these people have the right coverage and, you know, a lot of people are suffering with insurance companies right now and -- Yourself included. Myself included and it's frustrating. That's the challenges that we have ahead of us now. Dealing with our insurance companies, having enough workforce here to rebuild and dealing with just everyday problem, covid and whatever else is thrown at us in the next, you know, few months. Reporter: No matter what life may throw them, these people will remain as always southwest Louisiana strong. Love has no color. Love see no color. Just reaching out and being there to support each other in this time of need. Reporter: And it's that spirit of the people that never ceases to amaze but, rob, we both know they have a long road ahead of them. You know what I love about the mascot. It's an angel, a saint but has a black eye which means they get knocked down but they come right back up starting to line up for drop-off and the kids coming back for the second time since the hurricanes struck and need our help. Soany lost homes in the hurricane, jobs, because of the pandemic, so this morning we are encouraging our viewers to donate to feeding America's hurricane Ster relief which supports food banks in southwest Louisiana and eastern Texas and if you want to donate you can go to feedingamerica.org/gma or just scan the qr code you see on the screen with your phone and it will take you right there. Couldn't be easier. I know our viewers want to help. We do have a little bit of a surprise in addition to that, just a little bit coming up. It's going to be good.

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