‘Just taking it day by day’: People of Bayou Gauche are still in the dark weeks after

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In St. Charles Parish, officials said the power is now 99% restored. One area that remains in the dark is Bayou Gauche. It has been a real struggle for our neighbors down the bayou. Twenty-three days after Ida hit and residents said they were trying their best to get by one day at a time. Tuesday crews were seen working to bring back power to the marsh area. Folks who live in the area like Thilman Matherne said regardless of the timing on electricity, he is still thankful. “I am thankful for the house, the roof and my family… We made out fine,” Matherne said. He said he was at home the day Ida hit. Matherne said, “The wind started, then the storm. Felt like it would never end. Kept asking my wife ‘you think it’s over?’ She said ‘I do not know..’ But the house was shaking.”Matherne said he was lucky to only have a little sheetrock and water damage to his home and houseboat. While he waits on electricity, he has had to get creative. “This is the water I am taking a bath in tonight. I am going to put in a little cool water on this hot water and take a bath,” Matherne said. Just miles away in Hahnville, residents said it has been a long and hot last three weeks. But just four days ago, power was restored. “We had roof damage and a little water come in. It was not as bad as other residents in Hahnville,” said Lee Ching, a Hahnville resident. “It is the worse thing I have seen so far.”The hope for many is things will get back to normal. Given the devastation along the bayou, who knows when that will happen. Until then, residents said they will survive. Matherne said next time a storm comes, he might not hang around. “We are survivors ya know. But I ain’t staying no more. I am going,” Matherne said.Right now, there is no official timeline on when power will be fully restored in Bayou Gauche.Officials with St. Charles Parish said if they could estimate, more than 70% of homes have been damaged due to Hurricane Ida. Even with power restored, the road to recovery will take a while. Officials are asking residents to separate their household garbage from construction garbage to make trash pickup easier in the area. Schools within the parish have also experienced a bit of a delay given Hurricane Ida. The school board went back to work on Sept. 20.The tentative schedule has the first phase of schools in the parish reopening for students beginning Oct. 4. Stay with WDSU for updates.

In St. Charles Parish, officials said the power is now 99% restored. One area that remains in the dark is Bayou Gauche.

It has been a real struggle for our neighbors down the bayou. Twenty-three days after Ida hit and residents said they were trying their best to get by one day at a time.

Tuesday crews were seen working to bring back power to the marsh area.

Folks who live in the area like Thilman Matherne said regardless of the timing on electricity, he is still thankful.

“I am thankful for the house, the roof and my family… We made out fine,” Matherne said.

He said he was at home the day Ida hit.

Matherne said, “The wind started, then the storm. Felt like it would never end. Kept asking my wife ‘you think it’s over?’ She said ‘I do not know..’ But the house was shaking.”

Matherne said he was lucky to only have a little sheetrock and water damage to his home and houseboat. While he waits on electricity, he has had to get creative.

“This is the water I am taking a bath in tonight. I am going to put in a little cool water on this hot water and take a bath,” Matherne said.

Just miles away in Hahnville, residents said it has been a long and hot last three weeks. But just four days ago, power was restored.

“We had roof damage and a little water come in. It was not as bad as other residents in Hahnville,” said Lee Ching, a Hahnville resident. “It is the worse thing I have seen so far.”

The hope for many is things will get back to normal. Given the devastation along the bayou, who knows when that will happen. Until then, residents said they will survive. Matherne said next time a storm comes, he might not hang around.

“We are survivors ya know. But I ain’t staying no more. I am going,” Matherne said.

Right now, there is no official timeline on when power will be fully restored in Bayou Gauche.

Officials with St. Charles Parish said if they could estimate, more than 70% of homes have been damaged due to Hurricane Ida. Even with power restored, the road to recovery will take a while.

Officials are asking residents to separate their household garbage from construction garbage to make trash pickup easier in the area.

Schools within the parish have also experienced a bit of a delay given Hurricane Ida. The school board went back to work on Sept. 20.

The tentative schedule has the first phase of schools in the parish reopening for students beginning Oct. 4.

Stay with WDSU for updates.

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