by Miguel Guzman
In the wake of this summer’s East Baton Rouge flood—when 6.9 trillion gallons of rainwater dumped on the area—thousands of residents lost their homes or experienced devastating damages.
Since then, the recovery effort has cost billions of dollars and the community has been hard at work rebuilding homes with the help of local contractors, builders and volunteers.
To help rebuild the houses of those affected by the disaster, James Hardie’s Midsouth team joined in the massive effort. The team partnered with members of the United Saints Recovery Project, a volunteer, nonprofit organization that assists communities that have suffered damage from natural disasters. Together, they helped gut and rebuild homes affected by the monumental flood.
The James Hardie Midsouth team (donning their white t-shirts with the JH logo) and volunteers from the United Saints Recovery Project are ready to begin home repair in East Baton Rouge.
Once the damaged walls of the home are removed, James Hardie employees assess the next steps.
Members of the James Hardie local team layout and cut new insulation.
Community members and James Hardie employees work together to replace the home’s damaged drywall.
Once the dry wall is measured, the James Hardie employee measures and cuts the boards.
A James Hardie employee removes pieces of flood-damaged wall and scraps.
The relief and rebuilding continues, and community involvement is imperative to revive the Baton Rouge area, and help displaced residents have a place to call home. To become a part of the relief effort, check out volunteerlouisiana.gov or unitedsaints.org.