Fifty-four years to the day since Hurricane Audrey visited southwest Louisiana, bringing along a massive tidal surge, a documentary about it will be featured on The Documentary Channel June 27.

Called All Over But to Cry, it started as an oral history project for the National Hurricane Museum & Science Center in Lake Charles. Jennifer John Block and Jake Springfield finished the movie in 2009. It has since won an Emmy award and the 2010 Humanities Documentary Film of the Year from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. It contains interviews with survivors of the hurricane, people who saw the tidal surged and watched helplessly as family members and friends were swept away and drowned.

To this day, Hurricane Audrey remains the strongest Category 4 hurricane to ever hit in June. An estimated 500 people died on June 27 due to the storm, which left around $1 billion in damages. Around 70 percent of residences and businesses between roughly Grand Cheneir and Cameron were damaged, many beyond repair. The storm is also credited with causing two tornadoes to land in both eastern and western halves of southern Louisiana. Hurricane Audrey's top speed was around 150 miles per hour.

All Over But to Cry airs at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. June 27 with repeat showings at 7 p.m. July 11 and 5:30 p.m. July 27. It is on sale at the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau for $20.

To watch a preview of this important historical documentary, a YouTube clup can be seen here: All Over But to Cry.

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