Thursday, September 01, 2005

What gets me

Everyone has something that gets to them. I don't care who you are, and you don't have to admit it to me. What gets me are the stories about the children, specifically getting separated. There was a story on the news yesterday about a 10 year old boy who, along with his family, got washed out of his house with the storm surge. They didn't pry into the exact details, but the boy was an instant orphan. That's the story that gets instant tears from me. And there are hundreds of stories about people not knowing where their families are. Not knowing who's alive and who's not is terrifying to me. It's like the end of the movie The Killing Fields. I've seen it enough times to know that when Sydney gets the call from the Red Cross aide station that the tears are about to flow.

But enough about my girlishness...

Update on my family: Everyone is still alive and well. My aunt & uncle made it into Slidell (suburb north of Lake Ponchartrain) to assess damage first hand. The northshore isn't cut off by downed bridges or flooded highways like most of the city of New Orleans, so getting in and out isn't difficult other than police roadblocks. Their house is mostly intact and did not flood. A large tree damaged the roof and let the rain in. The whole roof needs to be replaced, along with some of the carpet, but the structure is intact. No water, no electricity, but the gas is on. They're going to get a tarp on the roof and they've located a generator large enough to run a small air-conditioner and the refrigerator. The closest gasoline is about 75 miles away (nearly to Baton Rouge) where the cellphone service also resumes. That's probably the closest food & water as well, but they're going to be able to live in their home. My cousin is a diabetic, but my aunt is confident that the best place for her daughter is at her side and I don't have any reason to second-guess her at this point. Most of their immediate neighbors are in roughly the same shape, much worse off than you and I, but infinitely better than far too many.

I haven't heard anything more specific about my more distant cousins. The consensus is still that they've lost nearly everything and can't even get in to the city to confirm that. They've got closer relatives here in Texas to rely on. But they're still family and I still worry about them. Thanks for all the well-wishes.

7 Comments:

At 2:19 AM, Blogger Jammie J. said...

I'm glad your aunt & uncle are okay and that the damage isn't as bad as they thought. Marigold's (my sister in law) parents are going back to Slidell this Saturday to see how their home is. *crossing fingers & saying prayers*

 
At 8:28 AM, Blogger kcterrilynn said...

In the wake of horrible news that Katrina left behind, hearing that your family is doing (relatively) okay is great to hear.

 
At 10:44 AM, Blogger Fuzzball said...

I'm planning on spending my weekend volunteering at the Astrodome, and I'm just relieved that your family isn't in the same situation as the people staying there. Isn't it almost impossible to believe that we're having to use the word "refugees" to describe Americans? I feel like we're in Beirut or Bosnia!

(((big hugs to you and your fam)))

 
At 12:16 PM, Blogger DeAnna said...

Glad you hear most of your family is well.

 
At 9:18 AM, Blogger Zelda said...

I'm glad for your relatives and still praying for the others. This is devastating.

 
At 11:13 AM, Blogger tinyhands said...

J- Slidell is finally getting some media attention. They were one of the first communities to set up a perimeter to keep out non-residents. Good luck to yours.

KCTL/De/Z- Thanks.

Fuzzy- I was there last night. Wait until you see it for yourself.

 
At 10:16 PM, Blogger Brighton said...

How horrible! I'm glad that you have at least heard from some of your family and that they are alright. *hugs*

 

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