Hurricane Laura, a Category 4, is tied for first place as the strongest storm on record to hit the state of Louisiana. Southwest Louisiana took a direct hit on August 27th from Laura when it
was at its peak intensity which also makes it the tenth strongest landfall by windspeed in the U.S.
These pictures were taken by our dedicated team beginning hours after the storm began passing our community. We hope you will put yourself in the shoes of a homeowner pulling into their
driveway and seeing a pine tree having split their home in half or a small business owner showing up to realize the windows have been broken and everything inside is a moldy, wet mess.
These images will also show how widespread the damage and devastation from Hurricane Laura is. Homes, roads, trees, small businesses, municipal buildings, banks, schools and hospitals were
equally ravaged in Southwest Louisiana's five parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis.
Hurricane Delta hit in the same season and only weeks after Laura just miles from Laura's initial path. A Category 2 storm that was rain-driven, it devastated homes and businesses with "blue
roofs" waiting for repairs as it followed Laura's path closely. The wind moved the plastic and allowed heavy loads of rainwater into homes. The heat and humidity in Louisiana combined with
the entering rain to create the perfect atmosphere for mold and decay. Debris piles, typical on every street in 5 parishes, were washed into streets where they clogged gutters. Flooding from
backed up rainwater becomes the next damaging phase of Hurricane Delta.