Delcambre, Louisiana

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Delcambre is a town in Iberia and Vermilion parishes in the U.S. state of Louisiana, located twelve miles (20 km) east of Abbeville on Louisiana Highway 14[1] in the Cajun Heartland of Acadiana. The Delcambre Canal, also known as Bayou Carlin[2], passes through the town and is home for much of the local fishing industry. The population was 2,168 at the 2000 census.

The Iberia Parish portion of Delcambre is part of the New Iberia Micropolitan Statistical Area, while the Vermilion Parish portion is part of the Abbeville Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

In 2005, much of the town was flooded by the storm surge forced inland by Hurricane Rita. Water in many parts of town was up to six feet deep. The mayor of Delcambre was quoted as saying that only 25 of 900 homes in the town were not flooded.[citation needed]

The Delcambre town council and mayor Carrol Brousard, passed an ordinance in June 2007 making sagging illegal, expanding an existing state indecent exposure law to add underwear to the list of what cannot be exposed.[3]

Geography

Delcambre is located at 29°57′1″N 91°59′20″W / 29.95028°N 91.98889°W / 29.95028; -91.98889 (29.950207, -91.988815)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²).None of the area is covered with water.

Demographics

Historically, the area that became known as Delcambre was first settled by Acadians who were expelled from Nova Scotia in the mid-18th century.[5]

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