Hurricane Katrina: 5 Years Later Effects on Lafayette Parish
On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina, one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the country’s history, wreaked havoc on New Orleans, sending hundreds of thousands of evacuees fleeing to safety in numerous states and cities, including Lafayette and our surrounding communities. More than 1,800 people lost their lives in the storm and subsequent floods that devastated the city’s homes, businesses and infrastructure, forever altering life in the Crescent City. The Lafayette Economic Development Authority has analyzed, exclusively for ABiz, the five-year impact of the storm on our community.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.