100 days since Hurricane Ida made landfall and many in the Bayou and River Parishes of New Orleans are still living in mold-covered homes, in tents, and out of their cars.
St. Charles Parish President Matt Jewell told WWL’s Tommy Tucker the parish has handed residents the keys to 155 trailers, and there’s about 165 that have been put out, but when all is said and done they’ll likely need 500 total trailers to house those who’ve lost everything.
“There are people who are living in houses right now that are mold-infested, who are living in tents and out of trucks, in fact, I got a text from the Red Cross yesterday seeing what we can do for someone who is sleeping in their vehicle,” said Jewell.
Jewell said temporary housing is helpful, but it is just no replacement for putting people back in their homes.
“The recovery process is being slowed by slow government bureaucracy and frankly insurance companies that are not willing to do the right thing and pay people for their coverage,” said Jewell.