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With trees in homes, many in Lake Charles living in questionable conditions a month after Hurricane Laura

“Carefully. Praying we don’t fall through the floor in the bathroom,” Veronica Thomas said.

LAKE CHARLES, La. — It’s been more than a month since Hurricane Laura made landfall in Southwest Louisiana. Many have moved back to homes in pieces as they work to rebuild. 

“It’s actually in the roof,” said Lake Charles resident Veronica Thomas about the tree in her home. “So it’s a big gaping hole, a turbine fell out the house, big gaping hole there. My bedroom was flooded, my bathroom was flooded, the living room was flooded, kitchen was flooded.”

She’s still living there now. 

“Carefully. Praying we don’t fall through the floor in the bathroom,” she said.

Even as she waits to hear from insurance, she’s relieved to see workers taking the tree off her roof one month after the storm. 

“Right now it’s coming out of my pocket, which is not a lot,” she said about the expenses for the work. 

Trees also fell through Doris Lee’s home.   

“Puncturing my house, we have leaks everywhere. I’m not the only one, but it was startling to see something like that,” Lee said. 

The smell of mold fills one of her bedrooms, but she and her family are still living there. 

“We just had to give up two bedrooms and we gave up the front part of the house so we’re fine,” Lee said. 

They’re cleaning up and see progress everyday, while living in these tree filled homes

While some homes are still unlivable, many people have returned home. Now 99 percent of Lake Charles has power restored and drinkable water. They’ve seen progress over the last month, but there is clearly a long way to go. 

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Home & Remodeling Show returns this weekend to St. Charles Convention Center | St. Charles County Suburban Journals

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The 40th anniversary Builders Home & Remodeling Show, presented by LP® Smartside® Trim & Siding, returns this weekend to the St. Charles Convention Center, according to a press release.

The show, which will take place Sept. 25-27, at the convention center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, in St. Charles, has what people need to plan and complete their home, yard and garden projects in one convenient location.

Local companies bring countless experts to this event who offer valuable home improvement knowledge and advice. It will allow area companies and consumers to connect and easily get that next project started.

For the show’s producer, the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri, the safety of show attendees and exhibitors is top of mind.

A clean, well-thought-out environment will be a place for local companies to get back to business and for homeowners to access their expertise and support with home upkeep and improvements. Additional cleaning measures will be implemented and changes to the layout have been made to accommodate the way people enter and walk the show, including one-way traffic just like your local stores. Face coverings are required by the facility.

St. Louisans can find what they need for their homes, inside and out, including kitchen and bath designs and fixtures, flooring, window treatments, decks, fencing, windows, siding, doors and so much more.

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