Jul 24, 2012 7:44 PM by Steven Albritton

Atchafalaya Basin Still Recovering 20 Years After Andrew

When Hurricane Andrew hit Louisiana, the Atchafalaya Basin was hit especially hard. Many trees and wildlife are still trying to recover almost 20 years later.

"Nowadays we've seen a major comeback with a lot of animal species," Owner of McGee's Landing David Allemond said. 

Allemond remembers the massive damage. Some of it is still visible today. Tree stumps still poke out through the water; and it certain places fallen trees lay submerged.

"Things are much better and were definitely crossing our fingers we don't have another hurricane," Allemond said. 

McGee's Landing is located right on the edge of basin. They had only been open for about three years before Andrew hit and nearly destroyed the entire building.  

"It took us about 8 months to get the business back operating fully again," Allemond said.

After the hurricane, the public showed support for local businesses who had just faced a natural disaster. Not only that but with the hurricane and its destruction being in the news it attracted others from around the area to come down and help.

"The cajun spirit is just so strong. Right then and there, being three years in business. I really saw how soulful these people can be when it comes to their friends," Allemond said.


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