Casaroti Flood Relief-Louisiana

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Around 2am on August 13th Joao and Crystal had just put the baby Anthony in his new swing to sleep. They were getting ready for bed when a friend called and told Joao that the river water was backing up and coming towards their house. He said they needed to evacuate. Both Crystal and Joao ran to the front door to look outside. The street was completely covered in water and it was rising fast. Crystal ran to the kitchen to grab the babies milk from the fridge and put it in a cooler bag with icepacks. Joao Paulo started trying to take important documents and hard drives up to the attic. The door bell rang. The neighbor from across the street was there and said they needed to get the baby stuff and leave right away. The water was now at the threshold of the front door. Crystal ran and got a suitcase to fill with diapers and some baby clothes. Joao got a suitcase and threw some clothes inside too. The neighbor loaded the cars outside. He offered to drive one car even though the water was now at the carport. Joao loaded the baby in the car seat and into the car. As Joao started driving Crystal noticed the neighbor didn't know how to operate the shifter on the Prius. She jumped out of the other car in water above her knees ran to the Prius and told the neighbor to let her drive. He got out. The neighbor pointed Joao and Crystal in the opposite direction of the rising water. It was dark out so they didn't know which way the water was coming from. Two blocks away the street was dryer. They stopped thanked the neighbor, cried and tried to decide what to do next. Crystal called 911. They told her that she should follow her instincts to go away from the rising water. They also said they wouldn't be able to help because they were trying to rescue 7,000 other people who were still in water. While Crystal was talking to police, Joao contacted Micheal & Jamie Gurt. They offered to let Joao, Crystal and the baby Anthony to stay at their home. Joao and Crystal didn't know if they would drive into more flooded roads but they started driving anyway in hopes that the roadways would be passable. As they drove water was reaching other roadways, police with trailers of boats were driving towards them, people were walking down the streets with backpacks of their belongings, and the park was full of stranded people in their cars. Crystal and Joao made it to Jamie and Micheal's house. They looked in the suitcases to see what they had. Crystal had a pair of flip flops some socks, underwear, shirts, a skirt, and two pairs of pants. Joao had some socks, underwear, and shirts. He did not have pants, but was wearing shorts. They had some clothes for Anthony, diapers, wet wipes, blankets, and the bottles of milk. Crystal forgot the nipples for the bottles so she borrowed some of Jamie's until she was able to get a few more. They had the baby rock n play in the back of the car, because Crystal hadn't unloaded it from the previous week of bringing it to Anthony's baby sitter.
The next day, a friend drove his boat to the Casaroti house. It was under 3-4 feet of water. He said it was one of the worst affected areas he had seen that day. The water inside was up the the keys of the three music studio grand pianos. They also had an upright Steinway there. There was no insurance on any of these instruments and they are a complete loss. They did not have flood insurance, because they were not in a flood zone. Both Crystal & Joao left their wedding rings in the house. This is a devastating occurance. Other people in their neighborhood were not as lucky however. They needed to be rescued from their roof tops. Crystal & Joao are thankful they had forewarning even if it wasn't much. It was less than 20 minutes. If they hadn't received the phone call or knock on the door from their neighbor the water would have reached baby Anthony before them.
Now they are trying to process all that happened and move on. It is likely the home will need to be rebuilt from scratch. Most items in the house will need to be replaced. FEMA will cover only a fraction of the cost for repairs. Any additional assistance is appreciated. They will need help getting the house as soon as waters recede. Thank you in advance. God Bless!





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Okay I can't figure out how to post more than one photo at a time, so here's one more
Dining room
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Living room view from kitchen
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We are finally back in the house!!! Tonight the hot water was turned on so I didn't have to take Anthony over to the FEMA trailer to bath him. He enjoyed playing with the water toys that didn't get damaged in the flood. I had one container of them in his closet on the top shelf so they were safe from the flood water. Tonight was his first time using them. Joao Paulo and some of our friends moved our belongings from the apartment in Paulina and the storage unit in Kenner to the house last week while Anthony and I were in ND. All of us had traveled there for my dad's celebration of life, but Anthony and I stayed an extra week to visit my mom and take care of some of my dads things. Joao left for Brazil Monday to direct his piano festival. I have been trying to unpack, clean and organize. Anthony is enjoying all the space and playing in his room. He started walking now so it is perfect timing for him to try out our new floors. We will be joining Joao in Brazil for a week so Anthony can meet his family and friends there. This has been a long and stressful time for us, but we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel. There are still some things that need to be completed on the house, but it is livable again and we are happy to be back home. This Saturday and Monday the brick layer is coming and will hopefully finish putting the bricks on the exterior of the house. The contractor is going to paint outside this weekend as well. We have numerous little odds and ends that need to be finished inside, but with time it will all get taken care of. We need to buy new furniture, but will do that when we return from Brazil. Right now we have a beautiful crib and changing table that we're given to us and a few other things to get us by. We bought a piano yesterday from Kathleen Riley and are excited to have it delivered soon. Thank you everyone for continuing to support us and check in on us. Sorry it has taken so long for an update. This has been an adventurous year to say the least!
Kitchen
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We have passed the electric, plumbing, gas, & air heating/cooling inspections. We are waiting for one more plumbing inspection and then the framing inspection to be complete before we can get the insulation and Sheetrock installed. The first few inspections did not pass right away and we had some delays because of people not showing up to complete the work . However, we seem to be getting back on track. Our tubs have been ordered and delivered. The sheetrock and insulation are laying inside the house waiting to be installed. The doors were ordered and will be delivered after the framing inspection is done.
We are currently living in a FEMA trailer. It's pretty small, but we don't have too much stuff so it's not too bad, Joao had cable and internet installed last week so that has made things less difficult. It's also good to be next to the house, because people keep trying to go into our back yard to look through stuff. Last week I found the sliding glass door was left completely open because it hadn't been locked and someone had gone through the back gate and into our house. It didn't look like anything had been taken, but there really wasn't anything to take.
Tomorrow an insurance inspector is coming out. Mason insurance dropped us after the flood so we had to get new insurance on top of everything else. Apparently the new company is coming out tomorrow to check some things even though we are still under construction to make sure they still want to cover us. If so, they will come out again after the rebuild is complete and do another inspection,
In the midst of all of this chaos, Joao and I have been blessed each day with the smiling, seemingly unaffected face of our sweet baby Anthony. He makes us so happy. In two weeks he will be 10 months old. He's crawling, standing, almost walking on his own, saying mama, dada and baba, and has his third tooth about to pop through. I can't wait to be able to redecorate his room.
Thank you all so much for the ongoing support!
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George Frederick Litterst
18 months ago
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What is the current status of the pianos? Can they be rescued?

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Anonymous
11 months ago
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Joseph Gurt
11 months ago

Good luck in recovering from all this!

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Uriel Tsachor
11 months ago

Best wishes with the rebuilding of the house and the pianos. We know in IC how it feels. Was great to see you here the last few days in IC.

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Anonymous
17 months ago
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Jiselle Warner
17 months ago

Dear Joao and Crystal, We are so sorry to hear about everything you have been going through. You two have always been kind and loving to me in my days in Philadelphia. We are sending you so much love and hope that brighter days are soon coming. With love, Jiselle and Francois-Henry Rouet

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Christa McNamee
17 months ago

This is in memory of Colleen--we liked her so very much. She was a wonderful person who gave her of her time and talents. She was a poet, a collector of thoughts and dreams. We are so sorry we won't get to spend time with her again. Rest in peace, dear girl. You were loved by all of us . -Johnny and Christa

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Augusto Garcia e família
17 months ago

An small amount, but hopefully something to help you to have a new start.

George Frederick Litterst
18 months ago
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What is the current status of the pianos? Can they be rescued?

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