Bayou Corne evacuee's home struck by lightning

WGMB Staff
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 8:28pm

A Bayou Corne woman already forced to evacuate her home has a new disaster to deal with. Lightning destroyed part of her home Wednesday morning. now friends and family are working to save what's left.

"I had passed going to work. It was raining heavy I didn't even look, because I didn't want to take my eyes off the road. But my house could have been on fire at that time," Sue Blanchard, Bayou Corne resident, said.

Sue Blanchard just arrived at work around 8:30 when she got a phone call her home on Jambalaya Street had been struck by lightening. Flames destroyed her attic and the second floor of her home.

"My worst fear was that always since this has happened was trapped gas would get caught and there would be an explosion," She described.

The fear was enough to make her evacuate her home more than nine months ago when a massive sinkhole formed near by.

"We don't really know. The unknown is really the scary part. I mean you don't know until something happens," Blanchard said. "What is it going to take for something really bad to happen for somebody to do something."

Since then she's waited for offer from Texas Brine to buy her out.

Blanchard says between the buyout process and the fire she doesn't know how much more she can take.

"I have had enough of all of this, and I want it to stop as soon as possible, because a person can only take so much," She exclaimed. "The people round here have been through a lot."

Blanchard is ready for things to go back to normal. She wants to be made whole.

"They say some things make you stronger if it doesn't kill you well we should be super strong when we are finished with this," Blanchard said.

Blanchard didn't have to clean up alone.

"Our neighbors are in a bind. They are like everyone else we are evacuated. We have to help our neighbors," Kenneth Simoneaux, fellow evacuee, said.

Friends and family came by to pick up the pieces.

"We come to help him save what they can what little they have left," Simoneaux said.

"I was just glad no one was hurt. No one was here. I mean you can replace all this stuff," Blanchard stated.


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