rebuilding after hurricane rita:

Cameron parish school board warehouses


    On September 24, 2005, coastal Cameron Parish in Louisiana’s southwest corner was hit by sustained 120 mph winds and a 20’ storm surge with the landfall of Hurricane Rita within its borders, and the Parish seat town of Cameron endured heavy damage.1  There, on a site created as a memorial to Hurricane Audrey in 1957, had stood the Parish School Board’s Bus Maintenance Garage and Warehouses.  The metal buildings were all but totally destroyed with little more than their concrete slabs remaining.


photographs and text copyright stephen M. Long;  satellite rita image courtesy of nasa


Cameron, LA


Cameron Parish S.B.


Brossett Architect, LLC

Project Architect:

Stephen M. Long, AIA

Structural Engineer:

Charles Ladner & Assoc.


Alfred Miller Company

    With the help of FEMA funds, and designed in accordance to FEMA standards, as well as the state uniform building code adopted after the 2005 storm season, the Warehouses have now been rebuilt.  Deep reinforced concrete piles anchor the structure well into the ground, and the buildings are set above the anticipated height of future catastrophic storm surges.  Precast concrete tilt-up panels and sheet metal roof are clad to a steel rigid frame structure on a reinforced concrete waffle slab.  After years of relocating students and functions, this facility will help restore some of Cameron Parish Schools’ regular operations.


Kunzelman, M., “5 years after Rita...,” (AP, 9/23/2010)