1. Various of Patrick King and his wife walking in flooded street
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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Patrick King, Lake Charles, Louisiana Resident:
"Well, we come in this morning to check and see how everything was and I was hoping – praying – that it didn't get into the house, but water, it did. It got into, it rise up close to the furniture and then every room, you know, so, got some low parts in here. The carpets all need to be changed. A lot of furniture needs to be taken out."
3. Patrick King speaking inside of his house
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Patrick King, Lake Charles, Louisiana Resident:
Thank God, you know, he had favor up on us so that we survived it."
The day after Hurricane Delta blew through the besieged Louisiana bayou, residents started the routine again: dodging overturned cars on the roads, trudging through knee-deep water to flooded homes with ruined floors and no power, and pledging to rebuild after the storm.
Delta made landfall Friday evening near the coastal Louisiana town of Creole with top winds of 100 mph (155 kph). It then moved over Lake Charles, a city where Hurricane Laura damaged nearly every home and building in late August. No deaths had been reported as of Saturday afternoon, but officials said people were not out of danger.
While Delta was a weaker storm than Category 4 Laura, it brought significantly more flooding, Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter said. He estimated that hundreds of already battered homes across the city took on water. The recovery from the double impact will be long, the mayor said.
The Louisiana governor's office said it had no reports of deaths early Saturday.
Delta rapidly weakened once it moved onto land, and had slowed into a tropical depression Saturday morning. Forecasters warned that heavy rain, ocean water from the storm surge and flash floods continued to pose dangers from parts of Texas to Mississippi.
But with the water knee-deep along Legion Street in Lake Charles, resident Patrick King had to wade through the water to get to his home after he returned Saturday from spending the night in Beaumont, Texas.
"I was hoping and praying that it didn't get into the house, but it did. It rose up close to the furniture," King said.
The wind wasn't the source of King's distress following Delta. It was the rain and flooding. Before evacuating, he had put sandbags and plastic in the doorway to keep water out of his one-story brick house. Pulling them back upon his return, he saw worms and spiders scurrying about inside.
"Look at that, look at that," he said. "Worms! My wife sees that she's going to cry."
"It's totally frustrating and in fact it makes you want to give up but you have to keep on pushing," he said.
Delta has swirled over a wide swath of the United States, kicking up large swells and rip currents that closed beaches down to the Mexican border. The storm blew down two homes under construction in Galveston, Texas, and toppled the steeple of a church in Jennings, Louisiana.
Delta, the 25th named storm of an unprecedented Atlantic hurricane season, was the 10th named storm to hit the mainland U.S. this year, breaking a record set in 1916, Colorado State University researcher Phil Klotzbach said.