One year ago today, Lake Charles, the place I love most, was devastated by Hurricane Rita. I wrote about our horrible evacuation from Texas a long time ago, but I’ve never been able to bring myself to write about the destruction that was originally predicted for us in Lake Jackson, but was instead inflicted on a much better place.
When we left Lake Jackson on September 21st, 2005, the forecast sent Rita directly over our house, which was eight miles from the coast.
The evacuation itself, which took nearly 28 hours to cover a distance that normally takes less than 8 hours, was awful enough that there were times in which I wondered if we would survive it. We did survive, but Lake Charles almost didn’t, and the whole of Cameron Parish was nearly wiped off the map.
There is no way to describe the devastation, but maybe these photos will suffice.
Lake Charles, we are thinking of you...