BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - A U.S. flag that survived Hurricane Rita no longer flutters in the Texas wind but instead is on display in a special tribute case. Charlie Snoek of Beaumont says he found his flag tangled on its pole after Rita blew through Texas and into Louisiana in... more »
The Vermilion Parish town of Henry is small community that has been hit hard by hurricanes over the years. Even though many residents have left, one structure that has continued to stand strong is the church. St. John Catholic Church Member, Nina Perrin, said "at one time our community filled... more »
CAMERON, La. - First Baptist Church in Cameron will celebrate its grand reopening Saturday, five years and one day after Hurricane Rita nearly obliterated the town. Such upbeat milestones have been rare in Cameron, which has seen its population shrink from roughly 1,500 to 280 residents since Rita and Hurricane... more »
A 56-year-old Hurricane Rita evacuee has been deemed competent to stand trial on a second-degree murder charge in the 2005 stabbing death of her sister in Lafayette.
Suzanne Shirley Buckins, an evacuee from Lake Charles, has been incarcerated since her arrest for the November 2005 killing of her sister,... more »
ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Vermilion Parish Police Jury has accepted a low bid of $890,045 from J. Reynolds & Co. Inc., of Saginaw, Texas, to repair the roof of Abbeville General Hospital and provide wind abatement for the building. It was the lowest of 13 bids received Monday from... more »
As Louisiana families transition from their FEMA temporary housing unit (THU) to a permanent, long term home, FEMA has an updated telephone number to assist these residents who need to have their unit deactivated. Call 1-225-389-5732. This telephone number is for FEMA temporary housing unit deactivation requests in Louisiana associated... more »
CAMERON, La. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany is asking President Obama to include southwest Louisiana on his upcoming trip to the Gulf Coast. The president said this week that he will visit the coast by the middle of October, thereby keeping a campaign pledge to do so within a... more »
HOLLY BEACH, La. (AP) - Before two hurricanes hit in three years, a collection of modest beach houses and trailers along the Gulf known as the "Cajun Riviera" drew thousands for summer weekends of crabbing, beer drinking and kids playing in the surf.
Now, the few-dozen families who do... more »