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Gustav: two years later

5 years ago September 01, 2010 Sep 1, 2010 Wednesday, September 01 2010 Wednesday, September 01, 2010 4:28:38 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

Labor Day is meant for relaxation; instead, on Sept. 1, 2008, it was a day ravaged by nearly hundred mile an hour winds.

Light poles hit the ground, nearly every road in Baton Rouge was littered with trees and debris created unparalleled destruction in a city most recently used as a refuge.

"Just because you don't live along the coast, doesn't mean you will not be impacted by a major storm that impacts our state," said Pat Santos with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

"It was a thing like the unexpected. We were not prepared for what happened at that point in time," said Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden.

Once the rain ended, Holden said he recognized there were some major decisions that needed to be made to keep Baton Rouge safe. The biggest of all was how to implement a curfew when the city went dark.

"Our overriding concern was making sure people were safe, making sure they were off the streets, making sure they were in their homes and allowing us to go out and patrol the streets," said Holden.

Even two years after the storm, the capital city area is still dotted with homes topped by blue tarps. City leaders said even if you're out of options, they might be able to help.

"Our Office of Community Development has a process by where they can still try and get roof repairs. They need to go to that office, make an application and see whether or not they qualify," said Holden.

Still for many, the ragged pieces of blue tarp are a badge of what so many went through two years ago.

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