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Is coastal Cameron Parish ready for storm surge?

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

CAMERON, LA  (KPLC) - Thankfully, Hurricane Alex did not hit southwest Louisiana, but breezier conditions and flooding did. Barriers put up to stop oil from damaging the coast are proving to be no match for the flood waters of Hurricane Alex.

But, what Hurricane Alex  did in Cameron pales in comparison to the power, and potential devastation of a direct hit. Is Cameron ready for, what is predicted to be, an active season?

"Everything we see now will withstand almost anything, any hurricane that can be thrown at us," said Cameron OEP Director, Clifton Hebert.

As you look around Cameron it is not hard to find remnants of past storms, but a closer look shows a new Cameron, built higher and stronger.

"I think it will be a better and stronger Cameron as it evolves," said Hebert.

A contributor to Cameron's new look are the strict safety requirements all commercial buildings must now abide by. The new Cameron parish school board office, the Cameron parish annex building, and the fire station, are just a few of the upgrades. Clifton Hebert said he hopes the additions persuade people to give the coast another try.

"What we are seeing is, it's slow to come back. But, the ones that are coming back, and even the ones that have had to move to higher ground, seem to be pretty pleased with the way things are coming around," said Hebert.

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