For the next several days, The Rural Patriot will remember the victims, events, and stories from Hurricane Katrina. May those who have perished rest in peace, and may those who have been affected by loss of any sort continue on their healing path.
WARNING: Graphic images are posted below the folds of these Katrina posts.
Spectacular, but foreboding skies. People were fleeing by the 10’s of thousands. And then, the raw power of nature was released.
Imagine sitting in your home and imagine everything 3 hours east, west, north or south of you is damaged or destroyed. … Think of every single person within a 3 hour radius is in the same boat. No one’s home escaped damage.
(Above photo credit: Gilda Werner Reed, Ph.D., Object #70, Hurricane Digital Memory Bank: Preserving the Stories of Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, 17 November 2005, hurricanearchive.org. Our non-house in Pass Christian, MS. No walls or roofs for as far as the eye could see. Beach and Gulf of Mexico in the far background.)
(Above photo credit: Object #56, Hurricane Digital Memory Bank: Preserving the Stories of Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, 16 November 2005, hurricanearchive.org. Katrina’s damage in the Gulf of Mexico.)
Eerily beautiful – perhaps the only site of visual beauty shortly after Katrina had passed through:
(Above photo credit: Angie Bednarski, Object #368, Hurricane Digital Memory Bank: Preserving the Stories of Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, 15 December 2005, hurricanearchive.org. When Katrina was finally winding down, the sky turned bright purple in Mobile, Alabama. It was the most creepy thing we have ever seen.)
I looked around and saw roofs on the lawns, hanging wires, broken glass, huge trees uprooted everywhere, houses on their face in the middle of the street.
But, some of us were busy that day, and didn’t realize the significance of what had happened in the gulf coast. We were celebrating a birthday,
or laughing with the seniors in Arizona while explaining Medicare D,
or laughing with the seniors in California while explaining Medicare D,
or had received a really cool present.
This woman did not laugh on that day:
Nor did the residents of this apartment building in Biloxi:
Nor did the owners of these businesses/buildings:
(Above photo credit: jeremybrister#2337, Hurricane Digital Memory Bank: Preserving the Stories of Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, 23 July 2006, hurricanearchive.org)
Nor did the owner of this home in Mississippi:
(Above photo credit: Louis F. Linden, Object #274, Hurricane Digital Memory Bank: Preserving the Stories of Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, 26 November 2005, hurricanearchive.org. A Bay St.Louis, MS beach house destroyed by Katrina.)
But, in spite of all of the damage Katrina had wrought, many had survived the storm and were glad to have endured that wrenching ordeal. Little did they know of the pure hell that they were in for when the levees would soon breach their hold.
Tomorrow…for those who lived in the New Orleans area, the nightmare that all thought was over turns out to be just a prelude of things to come.