Temporary shelter has been hard to come by for many Louisianians

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More than a week after Hurricane Ida devastated south Louisiana, Shelia Rousse is living on the road with her family and two dogs, stringing together temporary housing and trying to figure out where to go next.

Her family’s home in Cut Off, Louisiana, one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Ida, is unlivable. The brackets that support the roof have cracked. The chimney and roof tiles flew off during the Category 4 hurricane. Water damage has already set in.

What belongings they salvaged from the house have been distributed among storage units and friend’s homes across southeastern Louisiana. Meanwhile, the Rousses continue to bounce between short-term stays looking for a more permanent solution as they work to rebuild the family home.

“It’s a day-by-day situation, trying to figure out where to stay,” Shelia Rousse said as they drove toward Lafayette on Tuesday where she has a place to stay for the night. 



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