Luling family helps friends in need while cleaning up after Hurricane Ida

St. Charles Parish

LULING, La. (WGNO) — A massive tree lays across Davis Drive in Luling, a testament of how powerful the winds were during Hurricane Ida.

“Trees were just gorgeous and now after 34-35 years, they’re gone,” said Luling resident Arthur Kelm.

Arthur and Artis Kelm have lived here for decades and they say they’ve never experienced a storm like this.

“The wind was absolutely so loud, you couldn’t hear yourself, we didn’t even know that these trees had fallen,” said Artis.

Thankfully, the Kelm’s home is okay, but their friends who live in Bayou Gauche needed a place to stay.

“They couldn’t find anything, hotels or anything, for 200 miles,” said Arthur.

So the Kelms opened up their doors, providing a place of refuge.

“It’s good to have good friends like this who take care of you,” said Jerry Naiam, who’s staying with the Kelms.

Despite the tree damage outside, all are well in the Kelm residence. Sometimes, mother nature can test human nature, but in the end, kindness always wins.

“That’s when you find out who your friends really are,” said Kelm.

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