Hurricane season isn't over yet, but it appears to be fizzling out--thank heavens.
A nice representative from the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau came by the other day to remind us that (a) the area got hit pretty bad by Hurricane Rita, only a month after Katrina decimated New Orleans; and (b) the cleanup is coming along. We learned about how the crews are having success removing debris from the area's main wildlife refuge, and Mother Nature is doing her part, too--the saltwater that flooded in has been diluted by rain, and the vegetation is growing back.
But we were most excited to learn about the National Hurricane Museum & Science Center. It seems that there had been plans for a monument to the destruction caused by Hurricane Audrey in 1957 (over 500 people died), when Rita and Katrina made folks realize that maybe they should try for something bigger. So they went back to the drawing board, and are coming up with an attraction--it'll be somewhere off Interstate 10--that'll teach visitors about how hurricanes work, as well as pay tribute to those who were affected by them.
Best of all, there's talk of having a wind tunnel where you can feel what hurricane-level winds feel like, perhaps with projections around you so you'll see debris whizzing by.
It'll be several years until it's done, so hold tight...