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The Harold H. Coley Collection - Hurricane Audrey (1957)

Ken Coley

Silent | 1957

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  •  Destroyed homes 
  •  American Red Cross disaster headquarters for Creole area 
  •  Scenes from inside a house 
  •  Red Cross Mobile Canteen 
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This home movie captures scenes of the aftermath of Hurricane Audrey in July 1957 in the towns of Cameron and Creole, Louisiana. Hurricane Audrey made landfall in Louisiana on June 27, 1957, causing water to reach a high of 15 feet above the normal high-tide mark. Just one building survived in Creole, while only two were left standing in Cameron. Texas also felt the effects of Audrey, with a building in Port Arthur collapsing under heavy wind and rain. This home movie includes scenes of the destruction and the American Red Cross aiding the Louisiana towns. Harold H. “Hal” Coley, former member of the Texas House of Representatives, shot the footage.
Harold H. “Hal” Coley was born on August 8, 1922. Before becoming a politician, he worked as a news editor for a Conroe radio station. In 1957, Coley took over James. E. Cox’s seat in the Texas House of Representatives during a special election after Cox resigned amid bribery allegations. Coley served as a Democrat in the Texas House of Representatives from 1957 to 1961. He died in Tyler on January 27, 2004.