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Hurricane Rita made landfall on September 24, 2005 between Sabine Pass, Texas and Johnson Bayou, Louisiana, as a Category 3 hurricane.   It continued on through parts of Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas. 

Residents of Cameron Parish, Calcasieu Parish, and parts of Jefferson Davis, Acadia, Iberia, Beauregard, and Vermillion Parishes were told to evacuate ahead of the storm.  Cameron Parish was hit the hardest with the towns of Creole, Cameron, Grand Chenier, Johnson Bayou, and Holly Beach being totally demolished.  Records around the Hackberry area show that wind gusts reach over 180 mph from a boat tied up to a dock. Residents were told to evacuate before Thursday, September 22, 2005 by 6:00 pm.  Two days later, parish officials returned to the Gibbstown Bridge that crosses the Intracoastal Canal into Lower Cameron Parish.  Nobody was known to be left in the parish as of that time on Thursday, September 22, 2005.  Today, the parish is nowhere near its prior population and is still recovering.

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Downtown Cameron 


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