Modular Homes Once Again Refuge for Disaster Evacuees

WWLTV reports that the town once called Canadaville, Louisiana because it was built by a Canadian billionaire philanthropist to harbor evacuees of Hurricane Katrina, is now home to refugees from the effects of the rising Mississippi.  The 49 modular homes were part of a five-year plan that was supposed to end this year, but 30 families so far have taken refuge in these dwellings in the Avoyelles Parish town of what is now called Magnaville, Louisiana.  The opening of the Morganza Spillway will flood the Atchafalaya Basin as well as the homes of these refugees from Simmesport, LA.  Tonya Nelson came here following Katrina and lived in one of the modular units for free.  She is now a property manager, who is helping those displaced by the rising tides, saying, “That’s the first thing I tell them, is that I really understand what you’re going through.  I tell them it’s going to be all right and that this time will pass.”

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