Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Two Years Ago...Again

Well, anyone who has been watching the news, or lives in Louisiana or Mississippi knows what today is. It is the 2 year anniversary of hurricane Katrina. I know you probably get tired of hearing about it, after all, it has been 2 years, but I thought I would add my two cents.

Here is a picture of the boys on the front porch, enjoying some fun dip during the storm.

There were alot of strong winds, but we didn't sustain any real damage. There were lots of awnings around town that blew off and buildings damaged, but for the most part, we were ok. We just didn't have any electricity for a few days. Here is a picture of our backyard afterward.

Life as we knew it,though, completely changed on August 29, 2005. From that day on, our city would be never be the same. Short term was the fact that very few of us had electricity. Our city had also doubled in size because of the evacuees. Traffic was unbelievable, and grocery stores were empty. My aunt and uncle and their three boys evacuated to Baton Rouge along with some other family from LaPlace. My parents had a full house after the hurricane hit. Because of all the chaos in New Orleans, no one was able to find out if their home had survived, so everyone was on edge. The kids and I went to stay with a friend who had electricity. Richard decided to sweat it out at home. Remember it was August!

Ends up, all of our family was safe and their houses were fine. Mine would be a different story in a few days, but I'll share that later. Our city was filled with people from New Orleans. We were all collecting clothes and towels for the people in the shelters. It was a crazy time. In some ways, we still haven't returned to normal. We now have FEMA trailors scattered everywhere. This is a picture of one right down the road from me.

These are the poorest people from New Orleans. They lived in the projects down there, and two years later, they still live in this trailor park. I don't know what they are going to do. I know that some will take advantage of the system, but I also know that there are some hard working people who have landed here. It is a very sad situation. The government has a big problem, and I have no idea how they are going to solve it.

Today, as I write this, I am so thankful to live where I do. I am so thankful that God protected us during that storm. I just wish the aftermath would be over, and I don't see that ending any time soon.


redmaryjanes said...

On television they make it look like everything is back to normal. I couldn't imagine that it would be after so much devastation. Hopefully this hurricane season stays relatively peaceful.

Nancy said...

I think those of us who have lived through other hurricanes will never know how bad you were hit. Maryland was hit by Isabella in '03(I think). We were without electricity, etc. for a week. We had the best block parties during this time however. We "cooked it or tossed it" everynight on grills and the kids played until it was too dark to see.

Ironically, despite the hardship (short lived fortunately) we had fun.

I am confident New Orleans is having fun.

Chris & Deb said...

Thanks for your comment on Sophie's blog. Looks like you have some big projects underway! Looks great!

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