Louisiana Family Crowds in Basement

By: Stephanie Baker
By: Stephanie Baker

September 2, 2005
Many have lost everything to Katrina’s fury, and one family from the New Orleans suburb of Slidell is now in a crowded basement in Augusta. They are missing several children, one in serious need of medical attention.

Their homes are gone and family lost. Shannon’s Chapman’s five-year-old son was in a New Orleans hospital in desperate need of a kidney transplant.

“I don’t know where he went. I’m gonna call the Red Cross and see if I can find where they put the patients,” Shannon said.

Grandmother Mildret Cooper says they got in a few days ago with no time to spare.

“I’m just hoping and praying that people get out,” Mildret said.

Including Shannon’s son, several more children are missing.

About six people sleep in this room each night, and they may have to stay here another couple months.

Eighteen family members are here from Louisiana. This room is all they have, two beds and a makeshift kitchen. It is so small that the baby has to sleep on the floor.

Sandra White lives here with her husband.

“They had nowhere else to go, they lost everything,” Sandra said.

Grellis Hubbert says she is trying to figure out what to do about her son.

“He’s in 11th grade, he should be in school,” Grellis said.

Shannon says she will put her son in a local hospital once she finds him. For now, she is glad to have a place to stay.

To enroll your children in school, you can contact local districts.
Richmond County: 706-826-1000
Columbia County: 706-541-0650
Aiken County: 803-641-2431

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