AFTERMATH: Photos from Orange in the wake of Hurricane Laura

By Jerry Jordan, Editor

ORANGE, Tx. — Downed trees were a common theme in Orange, Tx. as the town is still surrounded by the tall pine timbers that helped it become a major player in the lumber industry during the late 1800’s. Sadly, many of those trees were toppled by Hurricane Laura, laying them across and through dozens of homes in the community of about 19,000 people.

On Saturday, President Donald J. Trump toured the area and stopped to make brief remarks about America’s resilience and promised to help rebuild Southeast Texas, Southwest Louisiana and other areas impacted by the strongest storm to strike the Gulf Coast in more than a century.

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“We love this state,” Trump told the crowd. “We are here to help. We are working to get Texas everything it needs and we will bring it back.”

Trump said both Texas was lucky with the path of Hurricane Laura and even Louisiana could have been worse as the storm’s strong winds dropped in intensity. He said FEMA has already delivered 250,000 meals to both states and that power companies are working with Entergy to restore power, as quickly as possible.

Governor Greg Abbott commended the President’s administration in responding to the needs of Texas, saying “of all the storms I have been through, I have never received a swifter response.”

Governor Abbott and President Trump have jointly declared a state of emergency in 62 Texas counties. There are 19 distribution points across the region with food, MREs and water for residents affected by the storm. 

AFTERMATH: Photos from Cameron Parish in the wake of Hurricane Laura

By Jerry Jordan, Editor

CAMERON PARISH, La. — On the morning after Hurricane Laura ripped through Southwest Louisiana, causing massive devastation, it was mostly journalists entering coastal communities to relay the damage to those who heeded mandatory evacuation orders and took safety elsewhere.

With winds of 150 mph at landfall, Hurricane Laura carved a path from the Gulf Coast from Louisiana into Texas and north to Arkansas. It came in as a Category 4 storm, the strongest ever to strike Louisiana in more than 100 years, and it will likely take years before the region recovers. So far, the death toll stands at six, as emergency crews continue to fly aerial search and rescue missions looking for those who may have tried to ride out the storm in their homes.