First of all, let me start off by saying Lake Charles is a beautiful place. I acquired my dream job when I moved here. My wife was able to really be appreciated in her current position, and I got to see my son introduced to the musical world while living here. This is why it pains me to see what the city is going through. The rest of the world has moved on, and we are, unfortunately, at a standstill.

Yesterday just set us back even more.

Lake Charles has endured two back-to-back hurricanes along with an ice storm and the losses many took from the pandemic. We are tired. The flooding yesterday saw upwards of about 15 feet of water in the city, and many homeowners and business owners are once again having to call their insurance companies for help.

This is bigger than political parties as the entire city was affected, but one can't help but notice North Lake Charles seems to always take more of a hit when it comes to attention and concern, and a lot of this is because of those in a position to help. While I can't speak for everyone, I can speak for myself, and I am tired. It seems like, as soon as you get one leg up, something comes along and knocks it right back out from under you.

Why are we still having these drainage issues in our city?

Where is the federal disaster relief, or where is it going? Kudos to all those who were out yesterday assisting and helping those in need. However, I honestly don't feel like yesterday had to happen.

In the recent CPPJ press conference, they said cleaning hurricane debris from the drainage system could take years. While this may be true, I personally haven't witnessed any cleaning, and I feel like that time could be cut short.

Taking care of today while working for our future

To those who are going through it right now, I am with you. Just know that things will work out and get better. However, we have to hold those who in positions of power to account and remind them they work for us. All of us.

Now is the time for them to do work.

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