|Barked: Fri Aug 25, '06 10:14am PST |
|Wow! It is good to read the stories of all my fellow hurricane survivors. I'm so glad that all of you made it through such a harrowing experience.
As for me, my family (which, at the time, included my parents and three cat siblings) decided to evacuate on Sunday morning before the storm came. We took our neighbor and his little dog with us, too. It was a long 12+ hour drive to Jackson, MS, where we finally gave up on our goal of Dallas and took the offer of a family friend to come and stay with him and his cat. It was a big house with a HUGE yard (much bigger than mine!) and I had a great time there! The cats weren't too sure about the whole deal, but they are generally more uptight than me.
An Monday, the hurricane blew through and the electricity went out where we were staying. It remained out for about a week and a half, so we didn't know what had happened to our house. Another family with a little 2 year-old boy came to stay with us, too, and they were from Buras, where Katrina made landfall. I tried my best to comfort them and play with them (I am a good Lab, after all), becuase they had to leave their dogs behind and were devastated at what had probably happened. That was really hard and sad for me and for everyone.
My poppy, who is a doctor and had to go back to work right away, was able to get us back into the GNO area earlier than they let in the general public, so we went in to check things out as soon as we could. Mommy and poppy were so thankful that our house didn't flood, but it did loose the roof, so lots of water came in and the ceiling was falling down and mold was growing on the walls. Mommy says that the strangest thing was how silent everything was, and how the air smelled so bad and was so heavy and still. We had to drive around lots of trees and objects in the roads and mommy and poppy spent a long time trying to pick up all of the shingles from our roof that had landed on the lawn and the neighbors' lawn.
Even though our house is mostly fixed up (we still have to have the wood floors refinished), mommy sometimes still catches a whiff of the bad smells, and it makes her feel sad. She drives through lots of areas that are still in really bad shape every day and she does work in the 7th, 8th, and 9th wards and she says her heart is so heavy and broken over all of the devastation and that she wishes she could wrap the entire area up in her arms and give it a hug.
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