Posted: Jul 1, 2010 2:45 PM by Melissa Canone
Updated: Jul 1, 2010 2:52 PM
CAMERON, La. (AP) - High tides from Hurricane Alex destroyed
1,000 feet of a sand wall the Louisiana National Guard built in
Cameron Parish as a barrier against oil from the BP well.
KPLC-TV reports a tide 3 feet above normal seeped through the
barriers Wednesday and washed the sand away. Alex came ashore
Wednesday night south of Brownsville, Texas. It's northern edge
lashed the Louisiana coast.
Clifton Hebert of the parish Office of Emergency Preparedness
says it takes weeks for sand to compact in fabric-lined wire mesh
baskets. The National Guard had built about 2½ miles of a planned
Cameron is in western Louisiana at the Texas border. No oil from
the BP well has been reported there.
The parish has some of the state's few recreational beaches.