The Long Road to Recovery

Louisiana is no stranger to massive floods of water. Or being ignoring when in need.

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – Scammers and fraudulent relief efforts are directly targeting Louisiana’s flood victims, U.S. Attorney Walt Green announced during a National Center for Disaster Fraud press conference.

More than 1,200 scams have been targeted at flood victims in the region, according to theAssociated Press (AP). More than 68,000 fraud complaints have been filed in the region in the region from at least 40 disasters since 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.

Green said that over 50,000 of those complaints have been referred to local authorities and law enforcement agencies.

Scammers following disasters usually come in the form of federal emergency aid and phony contractors who are looking to scam homeowners.

Green told the media that fraudsters are already defrauding residents who have seen disaster during Hurricane Matthew. He said they have already received one call coming in about a scam.

This is not the first case where Louisiana flood victims have seen more than just flood disaster, but also a blackout of media coverage, obliviousness from politicians and a lack of monetary help from donors.

My home state has now experienced two massive disasters in the last couple of decades. Between this recent flood and Hurricane Katrina, I feel as though it has earned the right receive all the help it requires. Unfortunately, most of the main stream media and our current politicians don’t feel that way. And how could they? It was widely ignored and not reported on by the main steam media. Some might say it’s indifference and others might claim it’s because Donald Trump looked rather presidential by going down to meet the flood victims and help with the aid process. Heaven forbid he gets caught doing something for a good cause.

Few people realize that Louisiana (particularly Baton Rouge) received 6.9 trillion gallons of water in one week. That’s enough to completely bury any city in the country.

Regardless, I hope that my home state can recover. I’ve called old friends to ask how they’re doing. One was fortunate enough to have the water only go up to his front porch. Others had their entire homes flooded and had to retreat to the attic.

My aunt-in-law told me about a neighbor of hers. She was cleaning up the ground floor of her home after the flood water left the house. She opened one of her cabinets to retrieve her family’s china. It all came crashing down and shattered on the floor. She took in a deep breathe, turned around, looked to the ceiling, and like any good and classy southern lady, she said, “They weren’t my favorites.”

That’s the kind of strength southern women are known to have.

I want the south to thrive. But even I know that people have their limits. So to hear that my home state is being treated this way, completely forgotten yet again, breaks my heart.

But Trump used the word “pussy” in a recording several years ago. Apparently that’s more important.

Thank you, When so few are looking to my home state and offering help, your articles bring awareness.

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