City leaders reflect on Gustav 1 year later - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

City leaders reflect on Gustav 1 year later

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Today marks the one year anniversary for Hurricane Gustav.

Gustav ripped through the Gulf Coast on September 1, 2008.

This hurricane called for an evacuation of 1.8 million people across the Gulf Coast.

This was the largest hurricane evacuation in United States history.

Today city leaders in the lake area reflect on the impact Hurricane Gustav had here in the lake area.

"This was a unique storm," says Randy Roach, mayor of Lake Charles. "As it was coming to Louisiana it crossed in from east to west, and so we were very concerned about the projected path of the storm."

Through these recollections, Mayor Roach says he and other Calcasieu Parish representatives are making plans focusing on when Louisiana residents should evacuate.

"We don't take this decision lightly," says Mayor Roach. "When we look at these situations we also get input from the state, we talk with the forecasters, and then we decide what to do."

Dick Gremillion, director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, says while evacuations went smoothly for Hurricane Gustav, the sheltering process was quite the opposite.

"The shelters were not prepared like they should have been," says Gremillion. "In some cases they were stocked poorly and some of the planning had not gone the way it should have gone."

This hurricane season the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency preparedness plans to better prepare through point to point sheltering strategies.

Although it may seem like it is late in the hurricane season, Gremillion says this is the time when everyone should take the most precaution.

Gremillion says this is the point in the hurricane season where hurricanes often come with little or no warning.

The OEP urges everyone to keep a hurricane kit handy and to always have hurricane plans in case if disaster were to strike.

(Copyright 2009 KPLC-TV. All rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Welsh police chief will get another shot at raise

    Welsh police chief will get another shot at raise

    Friday, July 21 2017 4:42 PM EDT2017-07-21 20:42:08 GMT

    A few weeks ago, the Welsh town council voted on the $15,000 dollar raise for Police Chief Marcus Crochet, but deadlocked, meaning no pay increase. The council will hold a public meeting August 1 to again discuss raising the police chief's salary from $40,000 a year to $55,000 a year. 

    More >>

    A few weeks ago, the Welsh town council voted on the $15,000 dollar raise for Police Chief Marcus Crochet, but deadlocked, meaning no pay increase. The council will hold a public meeting August 1 to again discuss raising the police chief's salary from $40,000 a year to $55,000 a year. 

    More >>
  • Donations needed for DeQuincy veterans memorial

    Donations needed for DeQuincy veterans memorial

    Friday, July 21 2017 4:30 PM EDT2017-07-21 20:30:58 GMT
    DeQuincy Railroad Museum (Source: Facebook)DeQuincy Railroad Museum (Source: Facebook)

    A new veterans memorial is in the works for the town of DeQuincy.

    It will be a replication of "Raising the Flag" in Japan during World War II, and will honor area veterans like the Clifton brothers, who returned to their hometown of DeQuincy after serving in the war.

    More >>

    A new veterans memorial is in the works for the town of DeQuincy.

    It will be a replication of "Raising the Flag" in Japan during World War II, and will honor area veterans like the Clifton brothers, who returned to their hometown of DeQuincy after serving in the war.

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: More warm temperatures this weekend with a better chance for afternoon showers

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: More warm temperatures this weekend with a better chance for afternoon showers

    Friday, July 21 2017 3:56 PM EDT2017-07-21 19:56:21 GMT
    Scattered showers return this weekendScattered showers return this weekend

    By sunset this evening the temperatures will start to go down. Heat indices will still be high through tonight, possibly not dropping below 80 degrees. Overnight we will be left with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid to upper 70s. Rain chances are down to zero overnight. At the start of the weekend, more scattered storms in the afternoon are expected on Saturday. An upper level high to our north that has limited rain chances, will be moving away and a weak disturbance i...

    More >>

    By sunset this evening the temperatures will start to go down. Heat indices will still be high through tonight, possibly not dropping below 80 degrees. Overnight we will be left with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid to upper 70s. Rain chances are down to zero overnight. At the start of the weekend, more scattered storms in the afternoon are expected on Saturday. An upper level high to our north that has limited rain chances, will be moving away and a weak disturbance i...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly