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Cameron, Louisiana, was perhaps the community hardest hit when Hurricane Rita came ashore on September 24, 2005. News reports say that nearly 90 percent of the structures in Cameron were damaged or completely destroyed in the winds and floods that Rita brought to southwestern and central Louisiana. Only the faint outline of streets remained under a blurry haze of water when the Ikonos satellite captured this image on September 25, 2005. Dim squares show where houses may have stood in the lower right corner of the image. Bits of debris are scattered haphazardly throughout the scene, all of which is covered in water. Wide-scale images of this area show extreme flooding along much of the Louisiana Gulf Coast.
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