Disaster relief repair efforts continue

By: Paul Kedinger

The task of rebuilding the homes and lives damaged in the March 5 tornado continued Tuesday with representatives of Musique Relief Jam and Rayne Disaster Relief earmarked donations to aid five homeowners in northwest Rayne.

Albert Johnson, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council committee which oversees the dispersal of the Musique Relief Jam donations, announced a total of $10,654 would used to purchase building materials to make repairs to five homes.

Brian Mouton announced Rayne Disaster Relief donations would be allocated toward completing $4,150 in repairs on a sixth home.

Mouton told members of the Rayne Tornado Long-Term Disaster Recovery Coalition his employer, Reynolds American, Inc. has designated “Days of Caring” in September during which teams of employee volunteers work on special projects in support of Un ited Way agencies throughout the country.

Mouton, a division manager and seven of his territorial managers volunteered to work on two recovery projects in Rayne devastated by the March 5 tornado.

The six homeowners to receive funds for building materials to be use by volunteers include:

1. $932 to fix up and remodel a donated home and complete renovations.

2. $3,900 to finish repairs on a home which was underinsured.

3. $1,945 to repair a roof, replace doors, seal and paint ceilings.

4. $2,377 to complete electric rewiring on a home which had some insurance coverage.

5. $1,500 to complete repairs on a house acquired by a person whose original home was rented and destroyed by the tornado.

6. $41,50 to jack and level an uninsured house, replace and repaint ceilings, replace windows and install vinyl siding.

The funds are primarily used to purchase building supplies which are used by volunteers to make the needed repairs.

Case Manager Rhonda Trahan reported 21 cases have been completed and closed out, with 27 cases still open, with other cases on a waiting list.

Jodee Ware, a representative of Rebuilding America, told coalition members that her group in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity, has secured the assistance of 10-12 workers from Americorps-NCCC, who will spend Oct. 31 to Nov. 6 working on Rayne projects.

Other volunteer crews were mention by Trahan.

In other business, the treasurer’s report contained a large donation from an anonymous contributor in Lafayette.

The coalition will next meet on Oct. 25.

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