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Restoring a favorite place
Couple refuses to walk away after flood damages lakeside home

BY COLETTE DEAN

Special to The Advocate While driving back with her daughter and two grandchildren from a beach trip last August, Julie LeBlanc said she vividly remembers telling her daughter how content she finally was with the renovation of their home in White Oak Landing.

“We first built our home on the lake in 1997. Four and a half years ago, we decided to add on,” she said.

Rather than scaling down their living area, like most empty nesters, they decided to add more space.

“After the kids were married and started having [our] grandchildren, they all started coming to our house. And like true Southerners, we always invite the extended families over, too,” she said.

The expansion included the living area, re-structuring the kitchen, adding an outdoor kitchen, and redesigning the pool making it more comfortable for family, LeBlanc explained.

LeBlanc’s comment to her daughter in August about being happy with her renovation was short-lived. Heading back

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