My house and car were flooded in Laplace, Louisiana by Hurricane Ida's storm surge. I have no current insurance on my home which is uninhabitable nor funds to relocate and no transportation. I proudly served my country in Vietnam but I am now unable to survive this devastation without your help. Any and all donations go directly to myself, Gene Franques to help pay for my relocation and restore my home and are greatly appreciated . Thank you.
I thought I was going to die’: LaPlace Vietnam vet shares Hurricane Ida survival story
By Brooke Robichaux
The water didn’t rise; it rushed like a tidal wave.
Vietnam veteran Gene Franques said in less than 10 minutes Moss Street in LaPlace transformed from road to an endless lake.
Water poured into the neighborhood just as it was getting dark on the evening of Aug. 29. Hurricane Ida gave no reprieve as it battered St. John the Baptist Parish with fierce winds, heavy rain and unrelenting storm surge, for hours.