Saturday, May 25 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:58:41 GMT
A day after the deadly tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma a Red Cross response team from Lake Charles rolled into ground zero. "We got here on Tuesday morning. Tuesday morning at about 7:30 in theMore >>
A local woman is among a group of Red Cross volunteers from Lake Charles in Moore, Oklahoma. While she's been on many disaster recovery trips she said this one has taking on a personal meaning.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 8:31 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:31:47 GMT
Lake Charles Police are investigating an a second armed robbery this month at the Subway restaurant on Ryan Street. The latest incident happened Friday around 9:08 p.m. Employees told police a blackMore >>
Lake Charles Police are investigating an a second armed robbery this month at the Subway restaurant on Ryan Street. The latest incident happened Friday at 9:08 p.m.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:18 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:18:04 GMT
The Lake Arthur Regatta brought in many people to enjoy the music, food and fun, especially boaters out on the lake. But it's all about keeping this fun time a safe one. "We'll have around 200 volunteersMore >>
Keeping an eye on those having fun on the water. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:20:27 GMT
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 >>
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CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -
One thing's for sure: Something needs to be done to save Louisiana's coast.
For residents in Southwest Louisiana, controlling the amount of salt water entering the marshlands is important.
"(A) salinity control structure on the Calcasieu Ship Channel is something that is a priority for us to try to figure out how can we stop that salt water from intruding through that channel and killing a lot of those precious wetlands so, there are actions we can do to slow down the current rate of loss," said Kyle Graham, Deputy Executive Director for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA).
Graham spoke at Thursday night's coastal restoration meeting in Lake Charles. He said after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, CPRA was required to create a master plan to establish a sustainable coast for Louisiana, a 50-year, $50 billion approach to restore the Gulf Coast.
One of the big projects is planned for Cameron Parish.
"Which is about a $45 million project to restore that shoreline," Graham said. "That bid was awarded this past December. You should start seeing equipment moving there March or April so they're currently in that pre-construction mode where the bid has been set, the company is positioning itself to get the equipment in there and building that."
The project will build up the coastline in Cameron by pumping more sand onto the beaches.
With funding and support from the current administration, legislature, oil spill funding, surplus funds and the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, for the 2014 fiscal year, CPRA is able to plan for 10 projects, design 37 projects, begin construction on 60 projects, cover maintenance and operation costs of 95 constructed projects and costs for monitoring 53 constructed projects.
This totals to more than $620 million for the 2014 fiscal year alone.
"There needs to be actions to keep what we've got and sustain. We've experienced a tremendous amount of land loss and there are activities that could be taken and they could stop or slow down a lot of that land loss," Graham said. "We'll have quite a ride here for the next decade or so of getting a lot of projects on the ground."
Concerned residents can send comments or questions to the Coastal Protections and Restoration Authority (CPRA) until March 23 by clicking here.