Lake Charles, Louisiana, after Laura John Griswold August 31, 2020 Those in the Gulf South are realistic about hurricanes. Three days after Laura hit, cleanup is well underway. South Lake Charles. Groves of trees all over town are crushed. West Prien Lake Road. Tobacco Plus gas station, near the casinos. Vape shop, Ryan Street. Utility vehicles staged in supermarket lot near McNeese State University. Emmanuel Baptist Church, Common Street. Guardsman outside Calcasieu Parish Public Defender’s Office, downtown Lake Charles. Plinth that used to hold the Confederate statue on the courthouse lawn. Capital One Tower missing windows, downtown Lake Charles on the lakefront. Former Calcasieu National Bank building, downtown Lake Charles. Read more by John Griswold here.