Joe Brown Family - Back Row: Phillipe Saunier, Jimmy Domingues, Richard Dubois, Annie Domingues, Pat Arceneaux, Louise Brown, Father Bill Melancon, Josie Brown Arceneaux (daughter of victim Joe Brown), Monsignor Charles Dubois, Ed Domingues and Bob Domingues. Sitting: Delores Dubois, Rickey Domingues and Anna Brown Saunier. Monsignor Charles Dubois, nephew of Joe Brown, was a celebrant for the funeral mass 50 years ago.
Hurricane Hilda took something away from Josie Brown Arceneaux that no one has been able to replace 50 years later.
Family of brothers Vernice and Duffy Broussard; Front row L-R. Lisa Fleming Breaux, Landon Folsom, Jeannie Breaux, Avery Folsom; Back row (left to right) Fr. Bill Melancon, Bobby Breaux, James Breaux Sr., Vivian Broussard Gilbert (sister of victims), Mona Broussard, James Breaux, Jr. Nolan Broussard (brother of victims), Kecia Folsom, and Jeremy Folsom.
All though it was 50 years ago, one Vermilion Parish woman who lost her brothers when the water towers collapsed, can recall the night like it was yesterday.
This past July, interviews were recorded with eyewitnesses and survivors of the collapsed Erath water tower, during Hurricane Hilda. Some of the interviewed involved in the project are pictured. Bottom row: (left to right) Jackie Vincent, Robert B. Vincent and Alice LeBlanc. Top row (left to right) John Earl LeBlanc and Martial Broussard.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the collapsed of the Erath water tower.
(Written by Stacy Bodin and Robert B. Vincent)
ERATH - Friday marks the 50th Anniversary of Hurricane Hilda making landfall in Louisiana and it left a tragic mark on the town of Erath.