Originally published at The New York Times
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“Parked along a street downtown, Darryn Melerine and Matthew Monson, of Mandeville, La., handed out bottles of cold water they had hauled from their homes about three hours away. Mr. Melerine lost his house to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and he said that experience pulled him toward Lake Charles on Saturday.”
Darryn Melerine and Matthew Monson of Mandeville, La. traveled to Lake Charles to hand out bottled water to residents affected by Hurricane Laura. Darryn lost his house to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and he said that experience pulled him toward Lake Charles on Saturday. Matthew said he felt a sense of “survivor’s guilt” when his own community was mostly spared by Hurricane Laura, he said. “We’re not coming home with this water, I don’t care if we have to stay till midnight.” Darryn is CEO of MD Claims Group, and Matthew runs The Monson Law Firm. Both business are located in Mandeville, LA.