Louisiana floods: The water is gone, and the work begins

Published 8:14 AM EDT, Fri September 9, 2016

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Before rebuilding can begin, homes must be gutted -- a task left up to residents

As many as 2,600 individuals or families are still living in homes needing gutting, group estimates

"They're going to get sick and die," retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore warns

(CNN) —  

The stench isn’t so bad anymore inside the three-bedroom house in north Baton Rouge where Rodney Davis has been living since the water receded.

Volunteers tore out the hallway carpet. They hauled fouled furniture to the curb. And in a few rooms, they removed four feet of soggy drywall, exposing the skeleton of the home’s wood frame.