Helena residents struggle with slow recovery after Isaac

Some neighborhoods in Helena are facing a slow recovery after Hurricane Isaac.
Some neighborhoods in Helena are facing a slow recovery after Hurricane Isaac.

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Some neighborhoods in Helena are facing a slow recovery after Hurricane Isaac. Mary Stewart's precious photos, mattresses, and even her living room door closet now sit in a pile of junk.

"These are some of things you can't get back," Stewart said.

The water from Isaac got up to seven feet on the Sunrise Lane, flooding her home.

"When you are dealing with flooding, you have to clean up the mess. Mold just takes over, and you have to find a place to stay," Stewart said.

Stewart and her husband have now set up a small camper next to their home, so they have somewhere to live as they rebuild.

"It is not home, but we are making it do. It is not what I am use to, but it is okay," Stewart said.

Her neighbor, Paula Breland, is living with relatives while her storm damaged home is being repaired. She gets teary eyed every time she thinks of the damage from Isaac.

"There is really not one word to describe it: difficult, stressful, heartbreaking. You know, you get your home taken away from you."

Breland said building back has also been both stressful and tedious.

"It is not just that you rip up the carpet, sweep, and mop. You have to rip out insulation, you have to pull out sheetrock, you lose furniture, and when you didn't have flood insurance it makes even more difficult."

Breland has also had to deal with thieves in her neighborhood since the storm.

"Whenever we were pulling out the walls and things, we put out the washing machine outside the door, and someone stole the washing machine. I had to go buy a used washing machine for the time being," said Breland.

Both Breland and Stewart said although life has been rough since the hurricane, they will continue to let their faith guide them on this long road to recovery.

While Stewart said she did have flood insurance, Breland did not and will have to depend on FEMA for help.

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