Flood Relief for Mema
Organized by: Matthew Sweeney
Flood Relief Update
November 06, 2016
On August 13, our grandmother, Connie Mae Riddle, was forced to evacuate her Baton Rouge home of 25 years due to rising flood waters. In less than 24 hours, over 2 ft of rain fell outside her door while the Amite River crested at a record breaking 14.9 ft. By 9:15 am, the flood waters were in the house. The water rose so quickly that all she managed to escape with was a suitcase and her dog. Her house took on 6 ft of water, destroying everything and rendering it uninhabitable.
Losing her home has been beyond devastating. Like over 80% of her neighbors, she had no flood insurance and will have to start from scratch. Even more daunting is the long road of rebuilding; she is starting over at 82 years old. She is now faced with what's next.
Over the years, Mema - as she's fondly known to her family - has been a rock for her family, friends and community and is quick to unselfishly support others, even before herself. Mema is known for her unconditional love, candor, generosity and humor.
She has lived alone since the passing of her late husband, Houston Riddle, in 2003. Her family has put this page together to show her that she doesn't have to rebuild alone. We ask for your help to support Mema during this time of need and thank you so much for anything you are able to give.