Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Hurricane Rita: Cameron Parish, Louisiana

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  • horrible :(

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:20 PM  

  • Yes, I still find it all quite unbelievable. I mean, we see these pictures on TV or in the newspapers or on the internet, and we get some idea of what all those people are going through, from Biloxi to New Orleans to Beaumont, but what must it be like to have your entire world flooded and much of it completely destroyed?

    By Blogger Michael J.W. Stickings, at 6:04 PM  

  • I am from Calcasieu Parish which is directly above Cameron Parish. We pretty much received a large amount of damage, but with little flooding compared to Cameron. When Katrina happened in the Southeast part of the state, I remember thinking living in the Southwest portion of Louisiana how lucky we were. We didn't get a drop of rain, but I felt the wind that day. Little did we know we weren't so lucky after all. Now we sit and wait for help to come. To me it seems Hurricane Rita & Katrina are competing right now in the government to see who did the worst damage, and who deserves what first. Our state budget has been cut drastically and many people will lose their jobs. While a large portion of the workforce takes advantage of disaster unemployment forcing businesses to close early or scrounge for workers. It's pure craziness, and if you ask anyone whose experienced these two hurricanes the meaning of the word "normal". They'll tell you they forgot.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:59 PM  

  • We live in northern Cameron Parish. I can not even begin to describe what I have seen, :'( You can look and look at these pictures but you can not come close to seeing the real devastation as if you were here in person. Dave's dad is 78 years old and only has a concrete slab where his home used to be. They salvaged a lawn mower that evacuated with them and a few knick knacks and dishes that miraculously were not broken and were in the area where only the slab remains.

    It has now been over 3 months since Rita hit, and we are nowhere near normal. The people in the town of Cameron and surrounding areas such as Oak Grove, Creole and others, will not even be allowed to go back to their property to decide what they will do until late January or early February.

    Our home miraculously is still standing !!! The southern side of it severely damaged (missing an outside wall!) but it is liveable as we came home Oct. 5th.

    I still cry when I see the pictures or even worse ...the real thing as we drive in our area :-( ... Cameron Parish will be back but it will be a long time coming :-(

    Let's not take away from Lake Charles either ( I was born and raised there) If I had not seen it with my own eyes, I would have never believed it. Lake Charles is an hour away from the coastal community of Cameron. I never thought the destruction and devastation could reach so far inland. The area that Rita destroyed is so far reaching it is mind boggling.

    I thank God that he spared us and our home, at least for now. One thing for sure, you can believe that hurricane preparedness will constantly be on my mind as long as I live here, which if we are hit again and I feel we will be and not that far away either:-(, my residency will change states for sure.

    I will just be a "transplanted 'Grits'" lol.... GRITS = girl raised in the south

    from Cameron Parish resident...
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    By Blogger JµZt Mè «» JåѵT, at 3:03 PM  

  • Hello,
    My names Kelli Smith and I am an architecture major attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Currently we are working on a project that involves the redesigning of cameron, la. Right now we are trying to gather information about the town and pictures. I was trying to get in touch with whoever owns these pictures to see if i could get them at high resolution to help us with our project. If you could please get in touch with me and let me know it would be much appreciated. We are trying to help!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:40 PM  

  • I'm a photographer that was in Cameron in January. Reconstruction isn't going well and people's insurance companies aren't paying. Unfortuently much of the US national media wasn't interested in hearing about anything other than New Orleans. Interestingly enough an Italian magazine was interested in hearing about Cameron Parish.

    By Blogger justinvela, at 12:36 AM  

  • Hello. My name is David Scoggins and I am a firefighter with the Smith Mountain Lake Marine Fire & Rescue Department in Virginia. We served as the fire protection for Cameron Parish for the month of November, 2005. It was unbelieveable the devastation that the people of Cameron and the surrounding areas had to endure. Myself and 5 other members of our department spent the month of November in an attempt to, in some small way, begin the stabilization of the area and get the people of Cameron back on their feet. My heart goes out to all of you that live in this area and I have been praying for you as you rebuild. I pray that now one year later, you are making progress in rebuilding your lives. I would really like to know how things are coming if someone would take the time to let me know. God bless all of you.

    By Blogger David Scoggins, at 2:32 PM  

  • My name is Darla Eaves and my family and I use to be a Cameron Louisiana residents until Hurricane Rita hit our town over a year ago destroying our home completely. I now live in Colmesneil Texas and our 2 younger boys have adjusted very well. I am so tired of hearing about Hurricane Katrina that I can scream. I know New Orleans was hit hard and I feel for them truly I do, because I do know what it feels like. The small town of Cameron is just a name on a map to some, but to me it was home for my whole life and the name Cameron means a lot to me. Our town lost alot and some families are not returning becasue of the stress and heartship that Hurricane Rita has caused. Keep Cameron Louisiana in your prayers.
    Thank you,
    Darla Eaves
    Still a Louisanian at Heart

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:49 AM  

  • I recently drove through Southwest Louisiana and seeing the home places where there was nothing but a concrete slab or a travel trailer sitting bravely where a house use to be, and the new homes that you know were only built as a replacement for the old homes, really broke my heart. I live in North Louisiana and have seen tornado damage that was unbelievable, but knowing that these homes had received not only wind damage but flooding also was unfathomable. My heart goes out to each and everyone of you along the coast. It brought tears to my eyes to see where some had built back, but others had either elected to live in a travel trailer (possibly for a quick getaway) or just decided not to come back. I can't even imagine how you must all feel when there is a hurricane or even a tropical storm brewing in the gulf. Most of us live in the areas where our ancestors decided to settle years ago, we may gripe and complain about their choice, but we still elect to stay generation after generation. It is sad when circumstances change our plans. I salute those of you brave enough to keep the coast as your home. I'm not sure I could ever be that brave. May God keep you & yours safe through the storms that are still to come. Just remember that "Home" is where the heart is.
    God Bless each and everyone of you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:02 PM  

  • I am so sorry for the tragic events that have befallen you. However it seems in this day an age when an earthquake or some act of god wrecks havoc-- the thought is to put it back together and go back to normal well in this day and age that is a luxury I think I would move and start over else where that is difficult but history has proven this is often a course of action the Pilgrims LEFT and came to this country the Native American were Driven from their lands people of color were brought here their lives were altered perhaps this is our Fate to Have our lives altered and we become stronger from dealing with this Adversity the Cajuns relocated to LA from CANADA there I rest my case May God be with you and MAKE IT Work

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:51 AM  

  • I think I would move and start over else where that is

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:03 AM  

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