High tides near Cameron destroy coastal barriers

By Crystal Price - bio | email

CAMERON, LA (KPLC) - Hurricane Alex is pushing unexpected high tides on the Gulf Coast and knocking over some protective barriers along Highway 82 in Cameron.

On Wednesday a high tide that was 3 feet above normal came gushing on the shoreline between Holly Beach and Cameron.

This high tide destroyed 1,000 feet of the 2 1/2 mile stretch of barriers that the Louisiana National Guard has built over the last 3 weeks.

The Office of Emergency Preparedness said the barriers simply did not have enough time to settle in after they had been built.

"It takes a couple of weeks for it to settle in and the sand to be compacted and be set up the way they need to be set up," said Clifton Hebert with the Office of Emergency Preparedness.

The unexpected high tide caused the sand to seep right through the barriers and wash away.

But the Office of Emergency Preparedness does have a plan to fix the problem.

"When we first started placing them on that end of the beach, we placed them as close to the water's edge as we possibly could," said Hebert.

But this time, however, Hebert said they plan to build them a little farther back.

"We're going to set back about 10 feet behind them and build on good hard sand material and replace that thousand of feet," said Hebert.

Although some barriers have broken, Hebert said OEP is just thankful the barriers were able to keep the waves from reaching the road.

The Louisiana National Guard will begin building new barriers along the Cameron coast - weather permitting - later this week.

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