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For a family in Lake Charles, one phone call changed everything. The aftermath of the Moore, Okla. tornado revealed the loss of a loved one. One of the children who died at a school destroyed by the tornadoMore >>
A family in Lake Charles mourns the loss of a young relative in the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.
Friday, May 24 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:43:00 GMT
The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for a bank robbery suspect. The Vernon Bank branch on Colony Boulevard in New Llano was robbed Thursday afternoon. Investigators say a black male subjectMore >>
The Vernon Bank branch on Colony Boulevard in New Llano was robbed Thursday afternoon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:33 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:33:22 GMT
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Friday, May 24 2013 7:24 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:24:38 GMT
Southwest Louisiana is doing its part in the Oklahoma tornado recovery effort. In Westlake, people from all over Southwest Louisiana donated items for the tornado victims. It all started with one manMore >>
Southwest Louisiana is doing its part in the Oklahoma tornado recovery effort.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:51 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:51:00 GMT
The following are closures and changes in garbage collection schedules in Southwest Louisiana related to the Memorial Day holiday: Lake Charles: The City of Lake Charles will observe the Memorial DayMore >>
The following are closures and changes in garbage collection schedules in Southwest Louisiana related to the Memorial Day holiday:More >>
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
In the early morning hours of Sept. 24, 2005, Hurricane Rita made landfall as a Category 3 storm with winds of 115 miles per hour. The storm's damage was felt all across Southwest Louisiana but many of the homes and businesses in lower Cameron Parish were completely wiped out.
After the storm, the only building left standing in Cameron was the old courthouse.
We asked viewers to share their memories of that day.
"Taking a ride down to Cameron, La. knowing these people lost everything. My heart was so broken, can't even imagine what it would be like. People out here were complaining about no electricity and how hot they were, but most of them had a home to go back to. We are proud of our people in Cameron." - Shirley Vincent.
"I was 15 when Rita came through. Johnson Bayou was destroyed!!! We had to get to our home by a boat, what was left behind was gone. We evacuated to Lafayette where we stayed for 2 months. Then we stayed in Vinton & attended school in Hackberry for the remainder of the year. Through all the heartache we still have our memories, & that's what keeps me going." - Lexie Abshire
"I worked at Women's and Children's and that was about the only place that had lights for almost a week. It housed many of the people that came in to assist local police/sheriff department and some of our own local officials and state troopers. I was fortunate to see a true community spirit that helped in getting us back to the great city and parish that I am proud to call 'home.'" - Skip Nunnally