Bayou Corne residents tell their story in Baton Rouge

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 1:30am

People living in Bayou Corne brought their fight for justice to Baton Rouge. They've struggled for almost a year since a massive sinkhole formed near their homes. The message for the world was clear: help.

"We need somebody to help us. Not just us everybody in that little tiny community need help, and we are not getting any," Betty Thibodaux, Bayou Corne resident, said.

Texas Brine officials say 59 families accepted buyout offers. However many families are still waiting to move on, and they said they won't stop fighting to get what they deserve, even when the fight gets tough.

"Neighbors are feuding. "Stay; don't stay; buyout; don't buyout; lawyer up; don't lawyer up; that's what our days consist of," Carla Alleman, Bayou Corne resident, explained.

Retired Army Lieutenant General Russel Honore told the Baton Rouge Press Club more people need to pay attention to the problems on the bayou.

"In a small quiet little community, if this happened in Boston Harbor, we wouldn't be fighting for attention. We wouldn't be fighting to get the company to take care of their people," Honore said.

People living in Bayou Corne say they feel abandoned by the state and let down by the governor.

"He beat on his chest like he was going to tear down the wall. Guess what governor you did not do nothing. We need to hold these people accountable," Gary Metrejean, Bayou Corne resident, explained.

Residents hope the federal government will step in and do something to help the quiet community.

"The last time I checked Louisiana was not a third world country. I thought we were all part of the United States of America. What happened," Kenny Simoneaux, Bayou Corne resident, said. "We want our lives back. We want the safety and security that was once ours returned. We did nothing to deserve this."
 

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