Jeremy Davenport Helps Rebuild Flooded Home

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 7:36am

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - Jazz trumpeter and singer Jeremy Davenport says it's easy to forget how much rebuilding still needs to be done in south Louisiana.
He says it's important to look past neighborhoods like the French Quarter and Garden District, which have rebounded and are largely back to normal since Hurricane Katrina four years ago, and look at areas that still have a long way to go.
On Tuesday, Davenport put down his trumpet and picked up some tools to help volunteers rebuild a home in St. Bernard Parish that had taken on 14 feet of water.
Davenport says he was nervous about his lack of skill in construction, but by the end of the day, he had learned to hang and float drywall and felt great knowing that in coming months a family would be living there.