Floods are among Earth’s most common and destructive natural disasters. On August 12th, 2016 at 8:53 in the morning my home town of Denham Springs was under water due to heavy rainfall on the previous days. I remember this event like it was yesterday and I know I will never forget it.
It was the first Friday of my eighth grade year and I was excited for it. I remember waking up to my phone ringing. It was my mom. She was already at work and had gotten word that school was canceled. I was upset because I couldn’t go back to sleep but nonetheless, I was more than glad to have a three day weekend. My dad left to go to work driving down our flooded street. He had to go to New Orleans that day and he wouldn’t be able to come back until 5:00. Little did I know that morning would be the last time I would ever see my house the way I grew up in it. About an hour later my mom called me again and she asked if there was water in our house. At the time there was none but in 30 or so minutes it would start trickling in.
Being in this situation all alone was absolutely terrifying for me. I got everything with any significance and put them somewhere up high. Being in the house while water was slowing rising to cover my ankles was awful. When my mom got home the water was almost three inches. We left that day in the truck with our dog and some clothes. We didn’t return to our house until two days later.
When I saw my house again, I had never been more home sick than I was then. We found out that we had gotten over 3 feet of water inside. Everything in the house was pretty much garbage now. Cleaning out your house after it being ruined is not fun in the least. After we were finished cleaning it out it was strange seeing nothing in our house. There were no walls, no floors, no cabinets, nothing. At this point in time I didn’t feel like I was at home anymore. Slowly but surely, we got new floors and painted the walls. Then we got all new furniture and even started to put things on the walls. This leads us to where I am now.
Even though it’s been a year, we are not finished but it is starting to feel like home again. This flood has changed who I am as a person it has opened my eyes and so much more.