Roof work tops storm to-do list

By: Paul Kedinger
Four tornado-damaged homes may soon get badly needed repairs to their roofs, following an announcement Tuesday during a meeting of Rayne Long-Term Disaster Relief Coalition Tuesday morning.

After reviewing a detailed report of needed repairs, Angela Morrison, chief of community impact for United Way of Acadiana, announced her agency was ready to spend approximately $19,000 to reroof the homes.

The cost estimates were compiled by Tommy Bergeron, project director of the LA Conference of the UMC Disaster Response. A licensed general contractor, he told Coalition members the work would require trained contract laborers.

Counting donations now in a disaster relief account at Rayne State Bank and funds raised by the Knights of Columbus’ Musique Relief Jam and Rayne Disaster Relief’s June concert, there is about $124,000 for disaster recovery.

During Tuesday’s meeting, it was announced Community Foundation of Acadiana had contributed $2,500.

Case Manager Rhonda Trahan told Coalition members about an unexpected single donation, when a motorcyclist approached her prior to the meeting and asked what he could do to help. He then gave Trahan a $100 bill, which she presented to the Coalition.

The continuing need to pick up debris placed curbside throughout the storm damaged area was raised by Hilda Wiltz and Dorothy Cole. Since the city stopped debris pickup on May 16, the Acadia Parish Police Jury is responsible. Residents who need to clear debris are asked to call 783-4843. Chairwoman Morrison also suggested Police Juror Thomas Sonnier be contacted about the debris problem.

Tony Credeur of the Acadiana Red Cross Chapter suggested the list of unmet needs be reviewed by the Knights of Columbus and the Rayne Disaster Relief to select their priorities and report back to the Coalition on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

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