PORT VINCENT, La. – One actor’s angry post about debris and conditions five weeks after flooding in Southeast Louisiana has gone viral.
‘Dukes of Hazzard’ actor and Louisiana resident John Schneider’s post about what it’s been like for flood victims has reached thousands of people.
His street, along with hundreds of others across the state, is still littered with piles of debris.
Lynndeane Luccioni spent Monday gutting the flood damage from her Port Vincent home, adding her pile to the seemingly endless stinking mounds of debris lining the road.
"I understand things have to be taken in priority, so we're a very small community down here, and I understand why it takes them so long to come down here," she said.
"All this stuff, that's what makes it tough," John Schneider said as he surveyed the damage, "Smell that?
Schneider's home and studio in Holden flooded. His Saturday Facebook video about the debris piles went viral.
"We are five weeks and counting into what's going on here, so when you hear someone saying we're doing all we can, they're not telling you the truth," Schneider said on Facebook.
"The fact that all this stuff is still here is terrible," Schneider said. "It smells."
Livingston Parish leaders say 125 trucks are working to pick up the debris, and Monday, one arrived.
"I'm delighted to see that truck, and I saw some on the way down here," Schneider said.
The head of the Livingston Parish Office of Emergency Management says that as of Monday, they've picked up 300,000 cubic yards of flood debris. He estimates there are over one million cubic yards of debris to be picked up. He said if they're able to finish that job by Christmas, they'll be lucky.
"That's our parish, that's us taking care of us," Schneider said. "As far as i can see, there's no bigger us taking care of us."
Parish leaders ask for patience.
John Schneider wants to remind America about the extent of the flood damage, and the help needed here.
"I think people need to know that there are people who care, I think people need to turn into people who care," Schneider. "I'm trying to be a better friend because of what's going on here."
Schneider is trying to resume work at his studio in Holden, even as the flood damage is being repaired.
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