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First news from home

Tuesday – Bossier City, Louisiana ( 11:20 p.m.) — We lost our home.

The levees broke and water spilled into the streets.

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We got a call from a friend that stayed. My neighbor called my aunt’s cell phone, begging for help. They were screaming. They climbed onto the roof, cutting a hole to get out of their attic. They lived a street away from us.

Our home is gone…. St. Bernard is completely under the water, and we have nothing now. Just the clothes on our backs.

They won’t allow news crews to show footage of my parish because of all the bodies floating in the rivers that used to be our streets.

Samantha Perez is a Reporter for Youth Journalism International.

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