Monday, July 17, 2006
Cameron Parish still faces insurance challenges
Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
The home of April Hebert was destroyed by Hurricane Rita and was recently raised onto piers and is in the process of being rebuilt in Johnson's Bayou, La. on Saturday, June 24, 2006. After last year's hurricane season, insurance companies are canceling policies and refusing to insure homes along coastal areas of Louisiana.
Meaux's Seafood owner Sonny Meaux explains a survey problem in Holly Beach, La. One of the State of Louisiana's so-called "Ten Commandments" requires residents to hire surveyors to mark their land. Meaux paid $550 to have his land surveyed (orange stake). His neighbor's surveyor claims the boundry is at the pink stake. Now, the neighbors must go to court to resolve the problem created by this requirement. Whoever loses in court must then sue their surveyor.
Meaux's Seafood owners Sonny and Loretta Meaux visit with friends in Holly Beach, La. They have encountered a list of problems and roadblocks from FEMA, the state and insurance companies. However, they are committed to rebuilding their business and life in Holly Beach.
Faye LeJeune (left) gets a hug from her new daughter-in-law Robyn David (right) during the wedding reception in Holly Beach, La. The LeJeune wedding was the first in Holly Beach since Hurricane Rita hit last summer.
Faye and Donnie LeJeune dance on their wedding deck during the wedding reception in Holly Beach, La. Although they have no permanent home yet, the LeJeunes plan to rebuild in the town formerly known as the Cajun Riviera.
Seasonal sunflowers returned to live in Cameron, La. before some of the city's residents. After last year's hurricane season, insurance companies are canceling policies and refusing to insure homes along coastal areas of Louisiana.
The graves of the Nunez family in Oak Grove, La. have been repaired and decorated with artificial flowers. One coffin was moved 300 yards by Hurricane Rita's storm surge. The coffin was taken to the coroner's office until a new vault cap was made.
Please read "Cameron Parish perseveres through hard times" by Christine Rappleye.
For additional coverage, please see Hurricane Rita's toll on SW Louisiana or Mark's Hurricane Rita visual timeline.