Manchac Fire Station recovering slowly from Isaac

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Posted on October 24, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 24 at 7:01 PM

Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
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MANCHAC, La. -- Volunteer firefighters in Manchac are still trying to rid Hurricane Isaac from their fire station almost two months after the storm.

The nearly 50-year-old building was hit with 2 feet of water. Equipment and fire gear were damaged with it.

"We found coats, we found pants," said Chief George Coxen of the Manchac Volunteer Fire Department.

Reliving the first time back at the Manchac Volunteer Fire Station after the storm isn’t an easy task. The half-gutted meeting room sits void of the dozen volunteers that usually fill the station on down time, while a very different way of life and work has emerged in the community around it.

"So now what do ya'll do? ‘Now what do we do? We go help other ones with their damage that they got at other places. Everybody that lives down here has damage,’" said Coxen.

For the fire station, that includes banged up garage doors, clogged fire hoses and thousands of dollars in flooded equipment.

"It's covered in mud, covered in water, the yard, we keep it manicured, the station is very nice and it’s just like, it’s ruined," Coxen said.

Because the majority of the calls for this station come from right above it, on the interstate, firefighters are keeping one truck close by the station, even though they can’t be there, and another a few miles away, to make sure Isaac does not stop them from their number one priority, which is protecting the community.

Getting back to do that at their station will be a challenge, especially with reminders of the work to be done still front and center. But Coxen said it will get done.

"It's sad to see and its gonna get better,” he said, “We've just gotta deal with what we've been handed."

The building damage is estimated at $40,000 as of now. There’s not total on contents, but the chief expects that number to be substantial.

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