Now that the rain has stopped, residents in Louisiana are now in the recovery process. The Advocate’s Billy Gunn, looks at the long road to recovery for Baton Rouge residents and their homes. The demand to rebuild homes has outpaced the number of people available for the job. Companies such as Anderson Home Builders are scrambling to try and meet the demand to just get people back into their homes, as owner David Anderson told Gunn. Normally new home builders, employees of Gunn’s have had to take on remodeling and refurbishment because the need is so high as more and more out-of-state contractors are flocking into the state.

As Gunn writes,

Throughout his career, Anderson said, he has rarely ventured into the remodeling sector of residential construction. But the business of building brand new homes in the Lafayette area has been way down because of the energy downturn.

Anderson is the current president of the Acadian Home Builders Association, whose members mostly are builders of new homes. But those custom builders are now taking on work to refurbish once-wet homes, including Anderson.

Remodeling homes "has been a learning curve for me," said Anderson, whose projects are almost always in Acadiana. He currently has a home repair crew in Baton Rouge for a family member whose home flooded.

He conceded that the crew in Baton Rouge might get all the work they can handle.

"I'm trying to concentrate on this area (Lafayette). But it may turn into work where we pick up other jobs just because we're there," he said.

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