Local man in need of a helping hand after Zeta damaged his home

A Bay St. Louis man is looking for help after his home was severely damaged by Hurricane Zeta. Trees fell on Gary Spencer Smith’s home of over 20 years.

With damage all over the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Zeta, this Bay St. Louis resident is in disbelief to the damage done to his home.

Gary Spencer Smith lives alone and with limited resources and is cleaning as much as he can on his own. “I was here alone with candlelight and an electric lantern; debris was slamming into the house in all directions and it lasted over two hours. The tree falling on the garage shook the entire house and that’s what damaged the chimney and some of the fireplace downstairs. It was rough.”

Trees are down all around his property. He’s most worried about further damage to his home and the safety of cleaning up.

Spencer Smith is calling the attention of all elected officials. He said his home was severely damaged by Hurricane Zeta and that they need disaster relief in this area. “Right now, Hancock County Resources and Emergency definitely needs volunteers.”

Doing a lot of the cleanup himself, he recognizes the dangers of climbing on the roof and putting up tarps to protect his home from further water damage.  His father, who was an oil painter, painted an image in 1976 that reminds Gary of his home after Hurricane Zeta. “People need help, not just me, there’s a lot of people down here that are in serious need of help. The collection here is still in jeopardy even though the storm is over with removal of this major hanger in this big oak tree in the back, if things don’t go right it could affect this room that we’re standing in right now.”

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