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Volunteers set out to restore coast before storm season

1 year 5 months 6 days ago May 16, 2015 May 16, 2015 Saturday, May 16 2015 May 16, 2015 9:00 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Caroline McDougall

HOLLY BEACH , La. - More than a dozen volunteers gathered at Holly Beach Saturday in hopes of restoring the coastline just two weeks before hurricane season kicks off.

The Baton Rouge based group, The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, is dedicated to the cause hoping to make a difference in the race against time.

Volunteers like long-time Cameron Parish residents, Robert and Sherry Seat, say the fight is personal since they see hurricanes take away their beloved home little by little in every passing.

"Other than the two hurricanes we have endured in 2005 and in 2008, I love it here." said Sherry Seat.

Volunteers spent the morning planting more than 6,000 stems of grass along the beach, a small project CRCL volunteer director Jenny Byrd says fills in open areas over time and creating a buffer from future storms.

Robert and Sherry say it is painful to watch their shoreline deteriorate, but projects like these give them hope.

"We are the gateway to lake Charles. If it goes down here, then they're going to be on the frontline of the storm" said Robert Seat. "We need to take our stand as far south as you can to help preserve the coast."

Organizers say they planted marsh grass on the Northshore during their last project in April.

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