Hurricane Audrey: The Deadly Storm of 1957 (Google eBook)

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Pelican Publishing, Apr 30, 2007 - History - 320 pages
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"After the State of Louisiana and her people faced two killer hurricanes (three weeks apart) in 2005, reading this book raised the level of appreciation for the people of the Gulf Coast, their love for each other, their land, their culture, their faith, and their strength!" --Sen. Willie L. Mount (LA) In June 1957, Hurricane Audrey formed deep in the Gulf of Mexico in the Bay of Campeche, 460 miles south of Cameron Parish, Louisiana. It took direct aim at the small towns along this coast, moving due north for four days. The coastal communities of southwest Louisiana were poised to evacuate, but then something went horribly wrong, resulting in a massive death toll.

This is an historical account, the memoirs of several familiesi the Griffith, Clark, Bartie, Marshall, Cagle, and Broussard clans. Each of the families struggled for survival in different settings. Some took refuge in their attics, others in trees or on rafts that were once floors, walls, or rooftops. Exposed to the elements, they soon realized that the hurricane was but one enemy; the creaturesof the swamp were yet another.

Hurricane Audrey left three generations emotionally scarred, and only now, decades later, are they able to talk about their terrifying ordeal. Years of research and meticulous attention to detail during interviews with survivors bring eachfamilyi s torment to light in surprising clarity. The result is a rare and dignified portrait of human survival.

  

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I really like reading natural disaster nonfiction and history, and initially the book turned me off a bit because of the reliance on imagined/assumed dialogue rather than strict reporting. But to its ... Read full review

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My family experienced great losses from Hurricanes Betsy and Camille, but Hurricane Audrey is the one my dad always talked about. Until recently, there was little information on this storm. After ... Read full review

Contents

Monday June 24 1957Birth of a Storm
19
TuesdayLife Before Audrey
33
WednesdayThe BestLaid Plans
53
ThursdayThe Lost Hours
85
ThursdayThe Eye Moves Ashore
159
FridayGone Gone Everythings Gone
195
Life After Audrey
241
Epilog
291
Acknowledgments
305
SaffirSimpson Scale
309
Recommended Reading
313
Bibliography
314
Index
317
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About the author (2007)

Cathy Post is a graduate of McNeese Sate University, a retired high school and kindergarten teacher, and a former legal secretary for the district attorney and Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Lake Charles, Louisiana. A native of Cameron Parish, Louisiana, Mrs. Post and her husband now live in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her family is one of the six chronicled in this true account.

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