Remembering Hurricane Rita 5 years later

By Michael Addison - email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Five years ago, a storm of monstrous proportions began its assault on southwest Louisiana.

Hurricane Rita nearly obliterated the coastal town of Cameron, and caused more widespread damage as it moved inland.

Rita was a Category 3 storm with winds in excess of 120 miles per hour and a 20-foot storm surge when it roared ashore near the Texas-Louisiana line on September 24, 2005.

In its wake, Rita left more than $11 billion in damage.

7 News is taking a look back during a special program titled "Hurricane Rita: The Story Continues". It'll reair on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday following 7 News Nightcast.

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