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Rising Water

Dianna LeBlanc of Erath is quick to give credit to United Way of Acadiana and its volunteers. She says they helped her save her home. Forty years ago, LeBlanc and her husband built their home. When he passed away six years ago, she was determined to stay. When the rains continued through the August weekend, LeBlanc got seven inches of water throughout her home and ten inches in her living room during the Great Flood of 2016.

With no flood insurance, she didn’t know where to turn. She called Our Savior’s Church in Broussard who put her in touch with United Way of Acadiana.

“They took my info and before I knew it, they were delivering supplies and putting up sheetrock,” LeBlanc said. “I have doors and other supplies coming in. When those supplies get here, they’ll be putting that up to.”

“I couldn’t even explain how helpful that was,” she said. “They were so sweet and helpful. Thank God for them, that’s what I say.”

UWA goods & services


More than 200 trucks were sent from the United Way of Acadiana warehouse to deliver food, water, & supplies including:

• Over 50,000 bottles of water

• Over 12,000 meals

• Over 2,000 containers of baby formula

• Over 3,000 clean up kits

More than 600,000 items were shipped from the United Way of Acadiana warehouse with the estimated value of goods exceeding



• More than 957 volunteers mobilized

• Over 3,800 volunteer hours logged


• Over 500 homes cleaned and gutted

• An additional 7,000 hours of volunteer time to complete mud-outs

• Estimated value of volunteer hours exceeds


Volunteers from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other states helped do the work at LeBlanc’s home in Erath.