What a hurricane can do
Many of us may be directly affected, or know someone who is. Two of my students in my Thursday evening class have family in the affected areas; one has been able to communicate via cell-phone text-messaging and has found out that all of her relatives are alive, but they have all lost their homes; the other hasn’t been able to make contact and doesn’t know whether her family is dead or alive.
New Orleans itself is especially hard-hit. There’s almost no way to get food and water and other important supplies in, and there’s almost no way to get people out. And once the people get out, there’s the question of where to put them. Texas and Texans, bless them, have been as generous as only Texans can be, providing refuge for the refugees and help for the helpless. And many people from many other states and all over the world have been providing help. But the needs are so overwhelming.
I have a link here that shows a whole lot about the devastation in New Orleans.
Yes, I lived through a hurricane, but Alicia was a mere Category 3, and by the time it got to where I lived in Houston, it was Category 2. It was scary, and at the time, it was the hurricane that caused the most dollar-value damage ever – the first hurricane to exceed a billion dollars. Alicia wasn’t anything like Katrina. After Alicia, there was a week or two of repairs, and Houston was up and running again.
Katrina’s effects will be around forever.