Cocodrie, Louisiana facts for kids
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Cocodrie is an unincorporated fishing, shrimping and crabbing village in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, ten miles south of Chauvin and due south of the city of Houma. It is part of the Houma–Bayou Cane–Thibodaux Metropolitan Statistical Area. The settlement is known for being very near the landfall location for Tropical Storm Matthew on October 10, 2004, and Hurricane Gustav on September 1, 2008.
The name "Cocodrie" is an alternate spelling of the Louisiana French word "cocodril" which means "crocodile." It is a waterfront town, located due west of Grand Isle, on an inlet of another bay blocked by several barrier islands along the Gulf of Mexico. Cocodrie is connected to Houma, due north, by Louisiana state highway 56. It is at the end of the highway. All buildings in Cocodrie are now elevated on pilings to minimize flood damage.
Cocodrie is home to the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) W. J. DeFelice Marine Center, which was completed in 1986.
Impact from Hurricane Gustav
On September 1, 2008, Hurricane Gustav, coming from Cuba, made a technical landfall near Cocodrie, around 9:30 a.m. CDT. When Hurricane Gustav came from the southeast, the hurricane force winds (up to 115 mph, 180 km/h) extended for 70 miles from the eye center, impacting the area with north-to-south winds for over five hours before making landfall.
Cocodrie in fiction
Cocodrie is mentioned in the Swamp Thing comic books.
Cocodrie, Louisiana was featured in the Insomniac Games PlayStation 3 game Resistance 2 between the Holar Tower and Chicxulub Crater levels. The level consists of a plantation style environment surrounded by swamp and marshlands and includes a large bridge later on into the level which highly resembles a single span of the Crescent City Connection which is located in New Orleans, approximately 85 miles northeast of Cocodrie.
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