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Daughter takes in her mother after being displaced by Hurricane Laura

Local daughter opens her home to her mother during one of the most trying times in her life
Published: Dec. 28, 2021 at 6:50 PM CST
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Most parents would do anything for their children, but one Southwest Louisiana woman actually took in her mother after Hurricane Laura damaged the place she called home for more than 40 years.

Tonight, that woman is another step closer to moving back in.

While that road to recovery hasn’t been easy, one daughter opened her door for her mother during one of the most trying times in her life.

Nancy Ryan and her daughter, Joyce, are just trying to make the most of a difficult situation.

“We got to the house, and it was destroyed,” Nancy said

Her home for 42 years, Nancy came back after the 2020 hurricanes to find her house in shambles.

“And I think that was the hardest thing,” Nancy said. “At this time in your life, you’re supposed to be enjoying it, and here I am in the process of trying to rebuild.”

It was more than just a house: It was the place her daughter Joyce called home while growing up.

“I mean it was heartbreaking seeing what she was going through with her house and how upset she was because of it,” Joyce said. “Being in there and helping her go through everything and seeing what we could save and what we couldn’t. It was just... it was a difficult process to deal with.”

Luckily, just a few minutes away, Joyce’s home had minimal damage.

“So, for a while, I would come every day from Basile, come back home - try to save whatever I could save. Then she said, ‘Well, momma, just stay with us,’” Nancy said when talking about the decision to stay with her daughter.

Joyce’s home quickly became a new safe haven for her mother.

“I’ve always told her, ‘As long as I have a home, you have one too,’” Joyce said.

Over a year later, and she’s been living there ever since.

“Especially at this age, to be able to spend the past year every day with my mom, that was a good thing,” Joyce said.

Nancy said her daughter has done everything possible to accommodate her and make her feel like she’s at home.

Even though the majority of the tangible items were lost, the Ryan’s continue to create new memories.

“We cook together. We eat dinner together every day. And yeah, I’m going to really miss that when she moves back to her home. But she’ll be happy,” Joyce said.

Although Nancy has enjoyed this unprecedented time with her daughter, she is ready to move back into her own home.

“I just want a home again,” Nancy said.

The rebuild started in July, and although it has been a long year, Nancy is hoping she can finally return to her new and improved home next month.

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