Viewpoint: August 26, 2009

It's hard to believe it's been one year since the worst storm ever to hit Baton Rouge ripped through our city and our neighborhoods. Hurricane Gustav came in with a vengeance and left its mark, a mark that is still visible today in some areas. For some people, it took months to replace roofs and repair the damage.

For our area parks, it will take years to replace the hundreds of trees that were destroyed. Our parks are a vital part of our community and we believe restoring them to pre-Gustav days is important. To that end, WAFB is partnering with the mayor's office, BREC, and Baton Rouge Green to mark the one year anniversary of Hurricane Gustav with a tree planting ceremony.

The event will be held on Tuesday, September 1 beginning at noon in City Park. We invite you to join us at City Park or you can watch the event on 9News at Noon or on In all WAFB will plant nine trees. It is a small step but one that we hope gains momentum. More initiatives will be unveiled to help with the restoration of our parks. With your help, this project can take root and grow.