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By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

August 26, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Hurricane Harvey, in addition to ravaging the Texas coast, hit locally at La Mesa’s The Hills Local Pub.

“So, Louisiana Fishing Company was unable to send us crawfish for our Crawfish Boil due to Hurricane Harvey”, said the Hills’ manager, Leilani Donea.  “We got the call yesterday.” As a result, they had to cancel today’s scheduled “La Mesa’s Block Party and Crawfish Boil,” a fundraiser for the La Mesa Police Department’s PEER Support Group.

“We are going to reschedule the crawfish boil for another time,” Donea told East County Magazine.  “It will be two pounds of crawfish, a baked potato, and corn on the cob. Also, a 20-oz. beer.” Four beer breweries will participate. 

“It’s not anyone’s fault.” Donea said, adding, “It’s mother nature. We will be posting on Instagram and our FaceBook page with the new date.”

Event organizers are now also researching the possibility of donating a portion of proceeds from a rescheduled event to benefit a hurricane relief fund.

Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast in the Gulf of Mexico as a category 4 hurricane but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, with a possibly hitting Louisiana as well. As of Saturday afternoon, one death was noted with major damage in many areas.  It is the strongest hurricane to strike the U.S. since 2005, when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastating Gulf Coast communities in New Orleans and Texas.

For updates on Hurricane Harvey, visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at

Visit for updates on the rescheduled crawfish boil.


Hurricane Survival

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