Flint native loses everything in Louisiana flooding - WNEM TV 5

Flint native loses everything in Louisiana flooding

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(Source: Krista Menser) (Source: Krista Menser)
(Source: Krista Menser) (Source: Krista Menser)
(Source: Krista Menser) (Source: Krista Menser)
HALE, MI (WNEM) -

The devastation of the flooding in Louisiana is being felt in Mid-Michigan.

A Hurricane Katrina survivor with local roots is trying to help her sister whose family was caught in the flooding.

Krista Menser's eyes were glued to her computer, overwhelmed by the devastation caused by the deadly Louisiana floods. She said the scene is a flashback to 2005 when her Mississippi home was swallowed up by one of the country's worst natural disasters.

"I lost everything in Hurricane Katrina," Menser said.

Now her sister's family is going through the same thing. Ann Landry, her husband and two children live in Baton Rouge and are one of the thousands of families forced to evacuate their homes by flood waters.

"She lives in one of the highest elevations in Baton Rouge. She was opening up her house to strangers, perfect strangers, so they could have a safe place to be. Then, in the wee hours of the morning, guess what? She's in trouble," Menser said.

She said it took several days before she learned her sister and family were safe.

"Oh my gosh. You can't even imagine. My heart just sang I was so happy to hear her voice," Menser said.

Even more joy came when she saw her sister's face during an interview on MSNBC.

The sisters, who grew up in Flint, communicate mostly through Facebook now because cell phone coverage remains spotty.

"You can't control nature, but you sure can control how you handle it," Menser said.

Her sister lost everything in the flood. Neither she nor her husband can work because their jobs were flooded out and they didn't have flood insurance. A GoFundMe account has been set up to try to help them back on their feet.

"I hope she gets enough to where she can at least make her house livable and start building her life. If she could just get enough help to do that, that would be an answer from God himself," Menser said.

Menser said her sister and her family are staying in a one bedroom apartment with three other people at this time.

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