The Rural Patriot

August 28, 2006

Remembering Katrina #3

Filed under: Hurricane Katrina — theruralpatriot @ 10:04 am

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.  

Part 1
Part 2

WARNING:  Graphic images are posted below the folds of these Katrina posts.

 

(Above photo credit:  Object #136, Hurricane Digital Memory Bank: Preserving the Stories of Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, 17 November 2005, hurricanearchive.org.  Waiting to be rescued. When will they ever come?)

Everyone keeps telling people to be patient, but no one is willing to step up to the plate and make the big decisions so that people know what they are being patient about.

We spent all night Saturday crying and hugging each other after we came to the realization that we were going to have to sacrifice the pets in order for us to be safe.

Looking for Lost Ones on the Board

 

Every day was a new challenge added to some grief. On Sunday the 4th we were waiting for a food/water drop off and when the copter landed in the dog park the guys jumped out with loaded weapons and tolds us to evacuate. We asked for food/water and the soldier said, “Your mayor Ray Nagin said there is no food and water you need to evacuate.”

(Above photo credit:  Object #125, Hurricane Digital Memory Bank: Preserving the Stories of Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, 17 November 2005, hurricanearchive.org.  Martial law tried to keep the peace.)

(Above photo credit:  Object #132, Hurricane Digital Memory Bank: Preserving the Stories of Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, 17 November 2005, hurricanearchive.org.  Policing the French Quarter. )

ONBOARD A C-17 GLOBEMASTER III — More than 140 evacuees from New Orleans, victims of flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina, flew to Austin, Texas.  There, they were given food, fresh water and a place to sleep.  (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Neil Senkowski)

Evacuees at the Houston Astrodome

Evacuees from New Orleans area arrive in two Delta 757 aircraft and board the bus to be transported to Fort Custer Traing Center on September 5, 2005 in Battle Creek. (Ankur Dholakia/The Detroit News)

Where the children went…

Where all of the evacuees went.

But this amazingly rich culture that has produced far more than its share of America’s artistic, culinary, literary, and musical riches is likely to be gone before we notice that we miss it. Outside experts will have no chance to see it alive before they decide to bulldoze it into oblivion.

Part 4, the last in this series, will address the Gulf Coast’s recovery efforts and the lasting effects of Katrina over the past year.

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