When the hurricane “Aida” headed for the Gulf Coast, there were signs of strength to compete with the hurricane Laura, officials said.
Laura struck Lake Charles, Louisiana on August 27, 2020. Friday’s first anniversary was a painful marker of how many people were forced to live in a hotel, camping trailer, or home. I could hardly live because of the sacrifice of the storm. Elected officials also pointed out the lack of federal support they believe the city still needs.
Mayor Nick Hunter posted on his Facebook page, saying, “Thank you for being tougher than you need to be.”
Laura was just the first of a series of weather crises that hit the southwestern corner of Lake Charles and Louisiana in the past year. The Hurricane Delta cut a similar path through the state about six weeks later. Later, a winter storm struck the area, rupturing pipes in houses and destroying water systems. Then, in May, a heavy rain caused a flood.
In the city on Friday, residents stocked up supplies, watched the forecast carefully, and waited for Ida to head in their direction. Some gas stations were sold out of fuel.
George Swift, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Southwestern Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, said: “I noticed that the people in the town were preparing.”
He added that it was as severe as another storm would occur, which is part of the reality of Gulf life. “That’s what you have to deal with,” Swift said.