Posted: Dec 29, 2011 6:51 PM by Melissa Hawkes
As 2011 comes to a close, we look back at the year in the top five stories which happened across Acadiana. .
Starting off with number 5, all eyes were to the gulf as Tropical Depression Number 13 formed into Tropical Storm Lee. Rigs were evacuated and Acadiana residents braced for the worst, but fortunately, Lee died down after making landfall. The storm left behind flooded roads, swelled waterways, but not massive destruction.
Number four-- six year old Lederian Miller is killed while trying to get on his school bus. Somehow his jacket got stuck in the bus door and he was dragged about twenty feet before the bus came to a stop. Lederian died from head injuries at the hospital. The bus driver and the Lafayette Parish School Board both deny wrong doing.
At three- the flood that never was, when the Army Corps of Engineers predicted the Mississippi River would rise to unprecedented levels. The Morganza Spillway was opened for the first time in almost 40 years. Residents from Krotz Springs to Stephensville braced for flooding, but the water didn't get nearly as high as first predicted.
Number two-something some University of Louisiana fans have been waiting for for over 40 years-a bowl game victory. The Ragin Cajuns headed to the Superdome facing off against San Diego state. A field goal clenched the win in the last few seconds creating a Ragin Cajun fever that'll without a doubt carry on into next season.
Finally, the most closely followed story of 2011. The trinity two tragedy. Ten offshore workers were left out in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico during Tropical Storm Nate. Four of the workers were from Louisiana. After spending four days floating in the gulf, the men were rescued but two New Iberia men, Craig Myers and Nick Reed , didn't survive.