BATON ROUGE, La. — Alfred Shelmire has lived on the same street in the Brownsfield community of East Baton Rouge Parish for 23 years.
“It’s not as quiet as when I first moved in,” he says. “Mine was one of the first homes here. There have been a lot more built since then.”
The Shelmires’ home is the first on their street to be renovated through the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program after more than three feet of water inundated their home during the 2016 August flood. “Restore Louisiana is a great program that relieved the financial burden of rebuilding our home,” he says. “Even though we lost some material possessions, our faith in God remains strong.”
“Everybody with the Restore Louisiana program has been very nice,” says Charlene Shelmire, Alfred’s wife. “The paperwork process was easy and efficient – the survey, application for assistance and the caseworker pre-reconstruction interview.”
Mrs. Shelmire says neighbors kept tabs on the renovations, often peeking in on the progress.
The Shelmires opted for state-managed construction solution. They finalized their award amount on June 28. Installation of their new appliances, countertops, carpeting and more was completed by mid- July.
Mr. Shelmire says there are still other homes on his street that need to be restored, and he’s glad to be one of the first to be served by Restore Louisiana.
“We would like to first thank God for carrying us through this tough experience, Gov. John Bel Edwards, the Restore Louisiana Program and the construction companies who collaborated on this project to help flood victims get back in their homes,” says Shelmire.