I live! A fact for which I am grateful. Yes, I live in New Orleans...In fact, Iam a native of Covington, which breifly made it on the weather channel, I believe. There's a lot of devestation in my neighborhood; many trees are down, (I have a few neighbors whose homes have trees on or IN them), but my own home is all right. It'll be a while 'till we get electricity, but we currently have a generator for certain necessities. (The computer's the best way to get news right now.)
For the hurricane itself, we had evacuated to Selma, Alabama, and just returned home Sunday. I have friends who live in New Orleans, or very near it, and some of them I haven't heard from yet. There's many people, some of whom were in other areas greatly affected by Katrina, that I have heard noting from yet. Many of my closest friends have left Louisiana and are not coming back. I may never see them again.
There's a picture they're showing, of U.S. Marshalls around a makeshift grave in New Orleans. The epitaph says: "Here lies Vera. GOD HELP US." No truer words. My life will never be the same again, but there are so many others far more drastically affected than I am. There's just no real way to fully comprehend this tragedy. I have seen devestation from hurricanes before, but it weas NOTHING liker this.
That being said, I am touched by the concern some of you showed for me, especially given my lack of contact with this place. Thank you for your prayers, and PLEASE, continue to pray for New Ortleans and the other areas so drastically affected by this monstrous storm. This devestation is going to take so long for these areas to get over....