"There are people out there that are setting up Gofundme accounts that are not associated with the Bourgeois family, don't know the Bourgeois family, have not contacted any of us, and so we cannot say these funds are going where they need to," Brignac said. "We have gotten nothing."

The St. Amant home of Dean and Verna Bourgeois is still in shambles since the Great Flood of 2016, but a member of the community, Brandi Brignac, is leading the rehabilitation effort.

She is leading the correct rehabilitation effort, that is. Brignac has ties with the Cajun Navy 2016, the Cajun Army and others that can provide relief to the Bourgeois family.

However, Brignac urges people in the community that are interested in helping not to donate to fundraising sites like Gofundme.com. She added that just today a Gofundme site looking for $25,000 dollars to help the Bourgeois' was removed from the site, suspected of fraud.

"There are people out there that are setting up Gofundme accounts that are not associated with the Bourgeois family, don't know the Bourgeois family, have not contacted any of us, and so we cannot say these funds are going where they need to," Brignac said. "We have gotten nothing."

Brignac said that they are not asking for any sorts of funds at all. She said she will contact the Weekly Citizen soon with a list of items that are in need to help the family get back on their feet. In the meantime, Brignac can be reached at 225-588-2064 if you are interested in helping now.

"All we're asking for is volunteers and items donated," she said.

Brignac said she lives four miles from the Bourgeois' and heard about what was going on with them, so she showed up. She has experience rebuilding houses since the flood.

"Their hearts are in the right place, but we want to make sure that people are not getting taken," Brignac said. "And people are not profiting off this deplorable situation."

Baton Rouge TV station WAFB reported earlier this week the Bourgeois' are living in the carport area of their home and using fence boards to protect them from wind and rain. Moreover, their 26-year-old son is sleeping in a tent and assisting Verna and Dean, who suffers from severe diabetes to the degree that he has lost a portion of his leg.