One week after a storm flooded much of central Louisiana, more than 4,000 people are still in shelters. Another 86,000 have applied for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, reports Molly Hennessy-Fiske.
Some are returning home, while others have never left. All are struggling to survive, says Hennessy-Fiske, ferried through “rank, alligator-infested floodwaters by tractors, off-road vehicles and boats,” on their way home. Nobody knows when the waters will recede for good. But many are seeking a shred of normalcy amidst the insane unpredictability of the bayou.