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Bonifay women spends three weeks helping with Hurricane Laura recovery efforts

Crystal Gainey stayed in Louisiana to help with Hurricane Laura recovery efforts.
Crystal Gainey stayed in Louisiana to help with Hurricane Laura recovery efforts.(WTVY)
Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 1:50 PM CDT
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HACKBERRY, La. (WTVY) -

Just as she returns home from helping with Hurricane Laura recovery efforts in Louisiana, one Bonifay woman is now preparing for another big storm.

This devastation caused by Hurricane Laura is a familiar picture for those hit by Hurricane Michael

Crystal Gainey of Bonifay is one of the people still recovering from that storm, but she dropped what she was doing to be there for those who are now living through the nightmare she experienced two years ago.

“Michael learned me a new respect and humbled me a little bit. It also, it’s what made me realize I knew what this town needed, and I knew I could help them,” says Gainey.

Gainey headed to Hackberry Louisiana before Hurricane Laura ripped through to help clean up immediately after the storm hit.

“I came in with the Cajun Navy we cleared all their major roads made sure that everyone access for medical and supplies,” says Gainey,

That task took a few days to complete.

“When everybody else went to leave I just couldn’t do it. I know how these little towns struggle. I just couldn’t leave them without any volunteers,” says Gainey.

Listening to her heart, a trip that she planned to last days turned into weeks.

“I knew that I could help them because I did a lot of the same thing after Hurricane Michael. I know the process. I knew the importance of getting the roofs tarped and I tarped plenty of them after Michael,” says Gainey.

But helping a town devastated by a hurricane took more than just her two hands.

Hundreds of miles away, the same people in her hometown who were still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael sent essential supplies and food for those dressing a fresh wound.

“Ever since I rolled my wheels into Hackberry, I’ve been supported by the people of my community majority of them being in the wiregrass and panhandle area,” says Gainey.

Crystal is spending time with her children after three weeks apart from them but says she will help with Hurricane Sally recovery efforts if needed.

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