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Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News
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LAFITTE, La. -- This Labor Day was a day of labor for families recovering from Hurricane Isaac in lower Jefferson Parish.

Pumps are now working around the clock to drain areas like Goose Bayou.

Enough water had drained by late Monday afternoon to allow residents back into lower Lafitte.

It's the third time since Hurricane Rita in 2005, homes and camps in this vulnerable area outside the levee protection went under water.

Charles Dufrene floated a flat boat up to his house to see what he could salvage.

'Everything you see in my house is totaled, except for few pieces of clothes I'm going to try and wash,' said Dufrene.

Dufrene said he was still in the process of recovering from Ike in 2008, when Isaac swamped him again.

'I work hard, a little bit everyday to fix it up from the last one and I'm still not finished, and here I go, under the water again.'

David Robin checked out his family camp on Goose Bayou for the first time since Isaac blew through last week.

'We built so high in the air that we were pretty sure we were sure we would have no flooding, we were just kind of worried about wind damage,' said Robin looking at his camp on pilings, 10 feet up and dry. 'The unfortunate thing I'm looking at right now is my poor neighbor Ernie who is just a couple of feet off the ground and he's wiped out again.'

There are now more than 50 pumps working around the clock to drain the Lafitte area.

'This lower section here was over 12 feet on the back side of the levee here,' said Jefferson Parish Councilman Ricky Templet. 'The debris went down pretty good in the last two days and we're working hard to continue it.'

Look up and down LA-45 and you see piles of debris removed from homes flooded out by Isaac's storm surge.

Rebecca Gavin spent the day taking out the last of her belongings.

'It's amazing how fast you can lose it all,' said Gavin. 'That's the one thing I've told my kids is out of this whole mess, I hope the one thing they learn is to appreciate the things they have because it can be gone in a blink of an eye.'

Gavin says volunteers agreed to help her gut the home.

'My husband he had to go straight back to work, so I'm here, by myself with three kids and they're but so big and can only do so much. So, it's hard.'

Back on Goose Bayou, Dufrene says with FEMA's help, he hopes to rebuild.

'All I can do is do what I can. I'm 70 years old and I'm on a fixed income and this is what I got.'

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