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ExteriorDebris
A pile of debris waits to be removed outside South Cameron Memorial Hospital. The hospital was rebuilt ten feet above sea level and was not damaged by Hurricane Ike in September 2008.
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Photo By: Lindsey deBlieux/LRA
Hospital Waterline
Debris near the top of the ambulance bay shows how the hospital's elevation saved it from storm surge during Hurricane Ike.
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Photo By: Rita Simon, S. Cameron Memorial Hospital
Alligator
Hospital staff found this alligator on top of the ambulance bay, one of the few dry spots in Cameron Parish, days after Hurricane Ike.
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Photo By: Rita Simon, S. Cameron Memorial Hospital
TraumaRoom
The 25-bed South Cameron Memorial Hospital is Cameron Parish's only full-service hospital, providing 24-hour, 7-day per week emergency care and inpatient and outpatient hospital services.
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Photo By: Lindsey deBlieux/LRA
Registrar Of Voters
After Hurricane Ike, some of Cameron Parish’s administrative offices, including the Registrar of Voters, moved into the hospital. The staff’s previous offices were destroyed by Ike.
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Photo By: Lindsey deBlieux/LRA
Planning Department
A member of Cameron Parish’s planning department works in a converted hospital room. Some parish employees will work at the hospital until permanent offices are constructed.
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Photo By: Lindsey deBlieux/LRA
Shed
A member of Cameron Parish EMS surveys a flooded hospital equipment shed. Administrators plan to elevate the shed and install debris catchers and storm shutters.
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Photo By: Lindsey deBlieux/LRA
Generator
When hospital employees arrived at South Cameron Memorial three days after Ike, they found the elevated generator still powering the hospital. Administrators hope to add an additional generator.
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Photo By: Lindsey deBlieux/LRA
Exterior Plants
The bulk of the damage to the hospital was to the landscaping, which will have to be replaced.
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Photo By: Lindsey deBlieux/LRA
Cameron Parish
Storm surge caused much of Cameron Parish to be inaccessible for several days after Hurricane Ike.
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Photo By: Rita Simon, S. Cameron Memorial Hospital