Towns along the Gulf Coast of Southwest Louisiana have suffered different shades of damage from Hurricane Rita. In Cameron, many buildings remain, but almost all are damaged beyond repair. Many homes were pushed off their foundations and the remaining shells block roadways. Demolition is a certainty for most of the city.
A doll remains trapped under a board in Cameron, La. on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005. The city was devastated by Hurricane Rita's storm surge.
Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
A dead alligator rots in a drainage ditch near Cameron Elementary School in Cameron. Only the framework of the auditorium remains.
The Cameron Parish Library remains completely destroyed in Cameron. Pieces of the city's elementary school gymnasium remain in the background.
A shrimp truck remains damaged and abandoned in Cameron. Similar trucks were strewn throughout the area.
The gymnasium of the First Baptist Church in Cameron remains damaged and filled with broken pews and other debris.
A statue seems to fend off the ocean at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic church.
For additional coverage, please see Hurricane Rita's toll on SW Louisiana or Mark's Hurricane Rita visual timeline.