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The aftermath of Hurricane Carla is shown in this aerial picture by T.W. LaQuay in Port Lavaca from the collection of King Fisher. The view is of the Intracoastal Waterway in Port O'Connor.

Published on September 10, 2011

The Comfort Community Church in Port Lavaca features steel beams, designed to withstand hurricanes. Lanny Marshall builds properties with durable materials that meet hurricane specifications.

Published on September 10, 2011

Lanny Marshall has constructed several homes in Port Lavaca to stand up better to hurricanes. This is one such home on Roemer Road.

Published on September 10, 2011

This aerial view of Hurricane Carla's power was taken by T.W. LaQuay in Port Lavaca from the collection of King Fisher.

Published on September 10, 2011

Agnes Munsch Valigura's house floated away during Hurricane Carla and landed in a mott of trees. After the storm, the family found a moving company to move the house back to its original site. This photo shows the house in the process of being moved.

Published on September 10, 2011

Scenes of the destruction after Hurricane Carla.

Published on September 10, 2011

A photo of Hurricane Carla as it was coming onshore at Port O'Connor. The picture was taken by Jimmy Hessong of Edna as he was leaving town after securing a house from the storm surge, which was starting to come into town.

Published on September 10, 2011

The is the Clarence Albrecht home at 604 W. Jefferson Avenue in Port O'Connor after Hurricane Carla.

Published on September 10, 2011

The Evans bay house getting closer to being finished. The old fishing shack in the background was destroyed during Hurricane Carla. This is one of its last appearances. Note the oyster shell roof on the top of the house. That was changed over to composition shingles many years later.

Published on September 10, 2011

The aftermath of Hurricane Carla.

Published on September 10, 2011

The aftermath of Hurricane Carla on the road from Port Lavaca to Point Comfort.

Published on September 10, 2011

The words 'Southern Dance' can barely be made out on the front of this building, which was destroyed during Hurricane Carla. A jukebox and several drink boxes float in the standing water.

Published on September 10, 2011

Boats and barges washed ashore during the hurricane. This photo shows several boats near the United States Cold Storage in Port Lavaca.

Published on September 10, 2011

The Clarence Albrecht home after Hurricane Carla.

Published on September 10, 2011

One of the common sights seen in and around Port O'Connor after Hurricane Carla.

Published on September 10, 2011

This is the back of the Clarence Albrecht home after Hurricane Carla. The house was at 604 W. Jefferson St. in Port O'Connor.

Published on September 10, 2011

Agnes Munsch Valigura's house floated away during Hurricane Carla and landed in a mott of trees. This photo shows where the house ended up after the storm.

Published on September 10, 2011

Jane Arredondo was born prematurely just days before Hurricane Carla 50 years ago. Weighing about 2 pounds, 11 ounces, her fragile health kept her family from evacuating, forcing them to ride out the hurricane in Victoria. Here she sits in front of an aerial photo of the city.

Published on September 10, 2011

Jane Arredondo keeps a baby book with reminders of her birth 50 years ago on Sept. 2, 1961, just days before Hurricane Carla hit the coast. Weighing only 2 pounds, 11 ounces, Arredondo was born prematurely, which prevented her family from evacuating the area.

Published on September 10, 2011

Hurricane Carla contributed by T.W. LaQuay in Port Lavaca from the collection of King Fisher. Port O'Connor after Carla 1962.

Published on September 10, 2011

Rick Korczynski was born in Ganado as Hurricane Carla crashed her way through the Crossroads on Sept. 11, 1961. Another memorable event occurred as his family prepared Korczynski's 40th birthday party on Sept. 11, 2001, the day of the terrorist attacks.

Published on September 9, 2011

A cooling tower damaged during Hurricane Carla.

Published on September 9, 2011

Hurricane Carla contributed by T.W. LaQuay in Port Lavaca from the collection of King Fisher. Port O'Connor after Carla.

Published on September 9, 2011

Storm damage following Hurricane Carla.

Published on September 9, 2011

Mary Jane and John McMillan on their wedding day, Sept. 8, 1961. They ended up spending part of their honeymoon riding out Hurricane Carla at Mary Jane's parents home in Bay City. They are celebrating their 50 year anniversary along with Hurricane Carla. The McMillians purchased Mary Jane's parents home and now reside in the same house that they weathered the storm in.

Published on September 9, 2011

Bob Nance worked for KVIC radio station when Hurricane Carla hit in 1961. Nance reported on the hurricane first hand, venturing out into the area after the storm had passed directly over Port O'Connor

Published on September 8, 2011

Edna after Hurricane Carla.

Published on September 8, 2011

Fay Strawn walks on the ground where her Ganado home stood before Hurricane Carla destroyed it in 1961. "Now, if I hear about a storm brewing, I load the car and get out of the way."

Published on September 7, 2011

Fay Strawn opens the door of her sport utility vehicle and sees the vacant plot of land where her Ganado home stood before Hurricane Carla destroyed it in 1961. "It was only a 963-square-foot home," she said, "but to us it was like a mansion."

Published on September 7, 2011

Fay Strawn recalls being devastated by the loss of her Ganado home during Hurricane Carla in 1961. "All the memorabilia is gone," she lamented. "That's what I miss the most. All my pictures, my baby pictures. That one hurt real bad. I'll never see them again."

Published on September 7, 2011