Louisiana hurricanes are causing thousands to languish in hotels. Now they’re waiting for help from FEMA.

“We’re not complaining about it. It’s a place to live,” said Skyla M. Thomas, 20. “But at the same time, it’s disgusting.”

She and her partner, Quaylon Pitre, thought they had stability 125 miles away on the outskirts of Lake Charles, La., where Pitre worked as a casino security guard. Thomas cared full-time for their children, including an infant who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. They rented a three-bedroom house with a yard. Family members were nearby.

That was before Hurricane Laura screamed across the Louisiana shoreline on Aug. 27 with sustained winds of more than 150 mph, devastating their home and thousands of others. They now are part of a diaspora of evacuees spread across hundreds of miles who have been without a permanent home for six weeks. Their numbers are expected to swell after Hurricane Delta rumbled ashore Friday night with Category 2 strength about 15 miles

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Santee Cooper crews travel from S.C. to Louisiana to help restore power to residents

While people in the Gulf Coast are trying to put the pieces of their lives back together, some people from South Carolina are stepping in to help.

Several crews of Santee Cooper linemen are in Lafayette, La. working to get residents’ power back on after Hurricane Delta swept Friday

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They are braving storm damage and other damage the hurricane left behind.

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“They still have about 17,000 customers out [of power] and as long as they need us, we’ll be here,” said Drew Jordan.

These Santee Cooper crews are working 16-hour days.

“I would hope that somebody would help us out if things got bad for us,” Jamie Cook added.

It’s been a rare hurricane season for the people of Louisiana.

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“There are several years when

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