Rebuilding a local or regional community/economy after a pandemic or natural disaster is difficult and complex.
No matter how much planning government and business leaders may have done prior to the troubles, the eventuality is that slow and spirit deflating moments become the reality.
Our region has endured perhaps more than any other in our nation with two powerful hurricanes and an ice storm amid a worldwide pandemic. Despite these challenges, Southwest Louisiana continues to thrive. Our industrial base is strong, our aviation sector is growing, the hospitality industry is rebounding, our vital medical community continues to be the area’s largest employment sector, and agriculture is still the foundation for our region.
Hurricane Recovery In Lake Charles, Louisiana Region Will Be Successful Only With Planning and Regionalization
Southwest Louisiana finds itself in almost the same situation as it did after Hurricane Rita wrought destruction in 2005.
Rita, which caused an estimated $18 billion in damage along the Gulf Coast and the Caribbean, had a negative impact to the tune of $8 million in Louisiana.
Fixing roads and bridges should be a nonpartisan issue. However, the political climate on the national and state legislative fronts has turned infrastructure into another divisive issue. The needs in our nation and especially here in Southwest Louisiana must be addressed without further delay. Failure to act not only impedes commerce, but puts our lives in danger.