SWLA remembers Hurricane Rita seven years later - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

SWLA remembers Hurricane Rita seven years later

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

You can join the conversation on our Facebook page.

On later editions of 7News, hear from Lake Charles Mayor, Randy Roach and Calcasieu Parish OEP Director, Dick Gremillion on their thoughts of how far the area has come seven years later.

Copyright KPLC.  All rights reserved. 

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Nov. 18 election results: Calcasieu Parish bonds and taxes

    Nov. 18 election results: Calcasieu Parish bonds and taxes

    Sunday, November 19 2017 12:15 AM EST2017-11-19 05:15:13 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    FPD No. One of Wd. Six (Bond) -- $3.8M Bond - BOC - 20 Yrs.: Shall Fire Protection District No. One of Ward Six of the Parish of Calcasieu, Louisiana, incur debt and issue bonds in an amount not exceeding $3,800,000 for a period not to exceed twenty (20) years from the date thereof, with interest at a rate not exceeding 5.0% per annum, for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining or operating fire protection facilities, machinery and equipment, including b...

    More >>

    FPD No. One of Wd. Six (Bond) -- $3.8M Bond - BOC - 20 Yrs.: Shall Fire Protection District No. One of Ward Six of the Parish of Calcasieu, Louisiana, incur debt and issue bonds in an amount not exceeding $3,800,000 for a period not to exceed twenty (20) years from the date thereof, with interest at a rate not exceeding 5.0% per annum, for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining or operating fire protection facilities, machinery and equipment, including b...

    More >>
  • Nov. 18 election results: Calcasieu Parish School Board bonds

    Nov. 18 election results: Calcasieu Parish School Board bonds

    Saturday, November 18 2017 11:56 PM EST2017-11-19 04:56:30 GMT
    CPSB logo (Source: CPSB)CPSB logo (Source: CPSB)

    Several parish bonds are on the Nov. 18 ballot in Calcasieu Parish. A bond is a way to borrow money that will have to be paid back, by you, the taxpayer. This is what the Calcasieu Parish School Board is putting on the November ballot for residents to consider in areas of Lake Charles and Westlake.  School District No. 23 -- $56.3M Bond - SB - 20 Yrs.: Shall School District No. 23 of Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana ("District"), incur debt and i...

    More >>

    Several parish bonds are on the Nov. 18 ballot in Calcasieu Parish. A bond is a way to borrow money that will have to be paid back, by you, the taxpayer. This is what the Calcasieu Parish School Board is putting on the November ballot for residents to consider in areas of Lake Charles and Westlake.  School District No. 23 -- $56.3M Bond - SB - 20 Yrs.: Shall School District No. 23 of Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana ("District"), incur debt and i...

    More >>
  • Nov. 18 election results: Allen, Jeff Davis, Vernon parishes

    Nov. 18 election results: Allen, Jeff Davis, Vernon parishes

    Saturday, November 18 2017 11:27 PM EST2017-11-19 04:27:21 GMT
    (Source: Secretary of State)(Source: Secretary of State)

    Voters in Allen, Jeff Davis and Vernon parishes approved a dozen tax propositions on their ballots Saturday - and Oakdale chose its city marshal. Click HERE to view election results. Michael "Freck" Slaney defeated Joseph "Jody" Chamberlain in a runoff for Oakdale City Marshal. Slaney, R, received 871 votes (59 percent) and Chamberlain, independent, received 617 votes (41 percent).

    More >>

    Voters in Allen, Jeff Davis and Vernon parishes approved a dozen tax propositions on their ballots Saturday - and Oakdale chose its city marshal. Click HERE to view election results. Michael "Freck" Slaney defeated Joseph "Jody" Chamberlain in a runoff for Oakdale City Marshal. Slaney, R, received 871 votes (59 percent) and Chamberlain, independent, received 617 votes (41 percent).

    More >>
Powered by Frankly