Thankful flood victim finds humor among devastating tragedy

WALKER, La. (AP) — A man who lost most of his worldly goods in the Louisiana flooding says he and his wife are thankful their family survived. And, Chuck Craft jokes: “I guess God wanted me to de-clutter.”

He and his wife, Karen, live outside Walker, a small town near Baton Rouge. They’re among the thousands of Louisiana residents dragging water-logged furniture, appliances and other belongings out to the garbage.

The church they attend, South Walker Baptist, has become an oasis by providing sustenance for the body and soul. With help from the community and donations from across the U.S., the congregation of about 100 is providing shelter, meals and basics such as toothpaste and diapers.

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