"The wind yesterday was outrageous. It was coming out of the North and it didn't stop. It got more intense as time went on and we hunkered down and did the best we could. It was horrific."
Another hurricane is not what Dale Melancon and his storm-battered neighbors throughout southwestern Louisiana needed, but that's what they got when Delta made landfall on Friday as a Category 2 hurricane.
Powerful winds and rain battered Lake Charles, uprooting a city still trying to recover from getting slammed only a few weeks ago by Hurricane Laura.
Tarps put on damaged roofs after the last storm weren’t helpful in protecting homes against Delta. Local resident Matthew Williams came out Saturday to survey the damage.
"It's just compounded damage from Laura and so most people, trees were already down that were weakened so they're all down. It's just the tarps that are blown off so now they have water damage inside their house because this one was more rain than Laura. Laura had more wind so it destroyed the city and the rains came in and got rid of the sheet rock and everything else so now they're dealing with water damage at their house."
Trees and power lines were knocked down, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power on Saturday.
This hurricane season is one for the history books. Delta was the 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season to make U.S. landfall this year, topping a record going back to 1916.
(Louisiana's Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards):
"This is a very tough time, but we also know the people of Louisiana and Southwest Louisiana are very tough and resilient and faithful and we're gonna get them through this."
The National Guard has been called in to help residents with the clean up.
"It could have been a lot worse. By the grace of God we pulled through this one too."
Delta was downgraded Saturday to a tropical depression and is predicted to continue bringing rain to Tennessee, Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley through early next week.