Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Hurricane Katrina

First off, Dee Andrews of Finding Direction has posted updates to her blog. The comments are worth reading as well, especially the one from her son reporting that the family is safe.

Our local news reports, initially, were extremely inaccurate, full of optimism about how the hurricane had veered, and showing footage that led us to believe that the damage was contained and isolated, and that the city had been spared the brunt of the storm. Now, of course, we know the unthinkable and incomprehensible truth. I simply cannot imagine the city being 80% flooded. I cannot imagine the devastation and destruction, the untold numbers of dead bodies in the flood waters, all the newly homeless...the loss and despair...

It puts my insignificant frustrations and "trials" into perspective.

Update: another blog to check out is Katrina Central which was established to "serve as a form of communications between neighbors, family and friends. We did the best we could as quickly as possible to provide a forum that will enable you to communicate with others from your neighborhood, ward, town or Parish.

Obviously, because of lack of power and communications in the areas affected it’s impossible to reach anyone still in the area. But maybe this site will serve as a comfort and a means of being able to communicate with neighbors, share stories and hopefully learn more about the situation back home."

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