Holly Beach Residents Evacuating Ahead of Laura
They say experience is the best teacher. That's why those who have experienced the wrath of Mother Nature's tropical fury are not hesitating to get away from the beaches of Cameron Parish. Needless to say, Laura won't be Holly Beach's first rodeo, when it comes to wild weather.
Officials in Cameron Parish issued the mandatory evacuation order yesterday but it's not like people along the Cajun Rivieria had to be told twice. Many who have homes, camps, and businesses, in Holly Beach or along Louisiana's coastline know the drill. They also know the danger that can come with a storm surge that is forecast to be anywhere from 10 to 15 feet.
Fifteen years ago Hurricane Rita did a number on Holly Beach. Okay, Hurricane Rita basically flattened the entire town. Over the past decade and a half, some residents have rebuilt while new residents have moved in. Regardless, of how long they've been a part of Holly Beach they know when the time to leave has arrived.
By the way, that time has arrived.
The Cameron Office of Emergency Preparedness says evacuations of lower parish communities south of the Intracoastal Waterway such as Holly Beach, Johnson Bayou, Creole, Grand Chenier, Big Lake, and others need to be rushed to completion today. The current track forecast brings Laura onshore in or near Cameron Parish as a category 2 hurricane or stronger.
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