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Stone  (Level: 35.0 - Posts: 259)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 11:36 PM


Left B'ham at 11:15 am, got in at 9pm. Normally a 6 hr drive with meals, today it took 10 with 3 shortened stops for meals and bathroom. FEMA says they will reimburse for motels, etc., but you have to have the money to do that. We stayed with relatives and, as you know, fish and houseguests begin to stink after 3 days. Thank God we have power, etc. Of course, the city says you are on your own until the mandatory evac is lifted at midnight. The hospitals are open and getting ready to take the patients back they sent to Florida as Hanna is coming. Baton Rouge was hit very hard by wind and flooding from rains. Katrina taught everyone that we are never too prepared and that politics can cost lives. We had a Democratic governor then and we now have a Republican one. Back then, the FEMA chief was eating in a fancy restaurant in Baton Rouge while people were trying to swim to safety in New Orleans. There were so many coordinated efforts this time. Defiinitely a better effort than before. This storm affected most of the state. Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary and Iberia parishes were devastated by wind and water. The heavy rains caused flooding in many parishes (counties). St. Bernard did not flood, thank God, but they have little power. They can't flush either, but the sewer system has been broken since Katrina. They have vacuum trucks that clear the system daily. I guess it is more damaged.

Driving in, many areas are without power. There were many accidents on the roads. Tales of people and families stranded in parking lots or the side of the road without gas or food. This was the largest evacuation in the country's history of medical patients and I think the 2nd largest of people, maybe the largest. 1.9 mil were evac'd. The government was ready and evac'd over 18,000 people by bus and train who did not have the means to do so on their own. I don't know why those who do not have the money or means still choose to do so independently. I understand that pride and refusal to accept charity or to give up one's freedom to choose have a lot to do with some decisions. Having spent some time in Red Cross shelters on both sides of the desk, I do have a few insights. You do not have: your own TV or radio, your choice of drink or entree, no late night trips to the 'fridge. The guy next to has stinky feet and insists on taking his shoes off. That lady keeps yelling at those kids who are running around yelling and screaming themselves. Somebody else has his radio too loud. That girl with the cell phone has the worst cackling laugh. Everywhere you go there is a line and you better be in it or you miss out on something. I guess this is why some people who can't afford it, or don't have a "good" car, etc., still try to make it on their own.

Well, I will be heading to bed. If anything else happens, I will let you know. Thanks for all the prayers and support. Claudette

Gypsylady  (Level: 143.5 - Posts: 6064)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 11:41 PM

Glad you're back home, Claudette, and I know you are too! Maybe you can get some rest now!


Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 12:06 AM

Thanks for checking in, Claudette. We've been thinking about you & BBear.

Chyenn  (Level: 205.0 - Posts: 1332)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 12:07 AM

i'm am thrilled to hear that you and your family are okay.

it appears that the evacuation-- actually removing those in danger to 'safety' -- was a success this time..

now they need to come up with a better care and feeding program to provide those that had little or no resources. shelters should learn from this that basic needs must be covered for a minimum of 10 days. that includes bathing and clean, maintained toilets. i was appalled by reports of totally inhumane conditions in a Shreveport shelter.

if this country can send money to the people of Georgia who were displaced by the Russian evasion, then they can surely afford to provide for our own citizens displaced by a hurricane!!!

Mplaw51  (Level: 181.2 - Posts: 1581)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 6:53 AM

Happy to know you're safe and sound, back home. Great update on what you viewed coming back in.

Bbear  (Level: 162.7 - Posts: 2296)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 10:12 AM

Claudette - where do you live? I'm near Nashville and Claiborne and have electricity, cable and internet. If you need a place to stay (or know of someone who does) until electricty come back on, let me know. We have a spare bedroom and would be happy to take in a house guest.

By the way, the Breaux Mart on Jefferson and Citrus is open! Limited grocerys but they have staples. Yea, food!

And Carrollton Station opened last night. Yea booze!


Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 10:32 AM

So happy for both you guys. Hope it's the last time!

Toledosugar  (Level: 51.4 - Posts: 281)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 11:57 PM

Welcome home, Claudette!!!!!!!!!!

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