Local family to help flood victims

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 3:32pm

BAKER, La (FOX44) — When Steven and Patricia Hill learned that the Morganza Spillway had been opened, they wanted to help.

"I know what they've got to it because of the way the system is set up, but you still feel for them," says Steven.

He and Patricia started hearing about farmers with no place to move their livestock. " I know there's a lot of people out there that's in trouble," he says. "We've been blessed and we just want to offer our help."

The couple lives on four acres of land on the outskirts of Baker. Most of the property is empty, save for a few chickens in their barn. So, they've decided to offer it up as a place to keep livestock until the floods recede.

"We got it fenced in," Steven says. "We've got chicken coops. We've got the horse stables."

They estimate about 50 head of cattle could stay on their land."Virtually any kind of animal they can put in here, we've got room for."

The Hills say they don't want anything in return. For them, the act of giving is enough. "I just wish more people would do it. We're blessed and there are a lot of other people who are more blessed. They should spread it around."

If you want to take the Hills up on their offer, email them at SpillwayRefuge@gmail.com.

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