Hurricane Rita's toll on SW Louisiana
Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
A Pontiac Sunbird remains trapped in sand and other debris in Holly Beach, La. on Oct. 21, 2005. Holly Beach was eliminated in swarms of tornados and storm surge when Hurricane Rita hit.
This entry is for folks from Southwest Louisiana. Below you'll find links to the photos and entries my wife and I have created about SWLA since Hurricane Rita. To keep coverage uniform in the area, The Beaumont Enterprise allowed me to adopt SWLA. Consequently, most images from the area appear in this blog.
Christine Rappleye is the news reporter who works with me in the area. You can e-mail your story ideas directly to her.
We all look forward to working with you to rebuild Southwest Louisiana.
Sept. 29 - Thursday
Lake Charles, La. suffers storm surge
Vinton motel closed
Oct. 21 - Friday
Holly Beach, La. is gone
Holly Beach isn't there (text)
Oak Grove, La.
Holly Beach drainage ditch
Johnson's Bayou, La.
Cameron two months later
Cameron three months later
Cameron evac order lifted
Holly Beach recovery
Hurricane Rita, the forgotten storm (by Fayrouz)
Animals on the road (by Fayrouz)
SWLA churches destroyed by Hurricane Rita (by Fayrouz)
Johnson Bayou graduation 2006
Cameron Parish still faces insurance challenges
Cameron recovery celebration
Cameron hospital reconstruction