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Lincoln Parish family turning to community to help with loved one’s home

Published: Oct. 14, 2020 at 5:55 PM CDT
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RUSTON, La. (KNOE) - One Lincoln Parish family is trying to get help for their loved one who they say is living in a dangerous situation.

Arlise Wright is 92 years old and has lived in her Ruston home for over 40 years. Her home was first damaged in the Ruston tornado back on April 25, 2019. Since then, the family says the damages have gotten worse due to Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta.

Felisha Wright, Mrs. Arlise’s granddaughter, says the house has become a death trap. She says the foundation is crumbling, the floors are sinking in and water is coming in through the walls.

“I’m stressed that maybe one day I might come down here and something has fallen on her or she’s fallen to the floor,” Wright said. “I just feel like at this point that something needs to be done.”

Wright says right now her grandmother sleeps in the living room because the ceiling is falling leaving debris on her bed.

“It’s not good for her to be in there,” Wright said.

The family says they called FEMA and other assistance organizations after the storm but never received any help. Wright says she wishes she could do more but like many people around the world COVID-19 has affected them a lot. That is why they have turned to the community for assistance. They set up a GoFundMe in order to raise money for repairs.

“We’re just trying to get something done because at this moment we really need to start getting things done for her.”

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