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Katrina

Many of you know that I've got a lot of family in New Orleans, along with countless friends. It is the home of my heart, and I have always hoped to return there when we finally achieve empty nest. It's going to take some kind of divine intervention for that to be possible now, I fear. Katrina is something that strikes fear into my very core. You know how we all think a massive earthquake is going to knock CA into the Pacific? This kind of hurricane could wipe NOLA off the map, too. It's this city in a bowl already, and a hurricane of this proportion really truly could destroy it utterly. I certainly hope the wreckage is nothing like what my imagination is coming up with, but I lived through three of them in my time there, and those were sneezes by comparison to Katrina.

::shudders::

Some of the hub's family have evacuated, all of the Casertas have evacuated, Tulane's been shut down (except god help them, lots of folks are trapped there, as it was Frosh move-in weekend), but so much and so many are still there. I'm praying with all my heart for a miraculous slow down. The damage if it doesn't is unthinkable. GaGa, the last great-grandparent in the family, is still there in her third floor Esplanade apartment. She said she lived through Betsy and Camille, and would live through this, too. And Uncle Rick has decided to stay in his house, where he can see the Mississippi River Levee from his kitchen window. He's just insane. Al Shea hasn't been heard from, so I hope he's taken off to be with his son in Houston.

ETA, 8am EST Monday 8/29: No news thus far. I've just seen pics on the weather channel, and it still looks like New Orleans. This is good. Miss and AL look to get it a bit worse, and that is not.

My thoughts are with all of you who have family and friends in the area. Hang on tight.

Comments

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ljs
Aug. 29th, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)
[hugs hugs hugs] I just don't have the words.
chrisjournal
Aug. 29th, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)
Words are definitely inadequate, but if any city in the universe has got the kind of karmic oomph to get out of a spot like this, Nola is it.

::hugs back hard::

I do not want to lose another grandmother.
fenchurche
Aug. 29th, 2005 02:53 am (UTC)
{{Big Hugs}} from me as well... glad to hear that so many of your family have made it out okay... and I'll be keeping your great-grandmother and your uncle in my thoughts. Your grandmother, at least, sounds like she's probably in a pretty good spot to weather the storm.

I got word finally a few hours ago from my friend from New Orleans that he'd evacuated with his family to his mother's place, which is on higher ground and has a generator (and, he just barely emailed, also has DSL :-p). I was so relieved, since he'd been talking about trying to ride out the storm, too.
chrisjournal
Aug. 29th, 2005 02:55 am (UTC)
*glad* to hear they got out -- I could just strangle her for not leaving, but it was inevitable, really. I'd rather Uncle Rick had bodily carried her out with him, to leave very little family in the way. Nothing to do now except worry and think *hard* positive thoughts. I really can't face the notion of New Orleans destroyed...
gwynnega
Aug. 29th, 2005 02:54 am (UTC)
::hugs::

I'm praying that Katrina isn't as bad as they're predicting...
chrisjournal
Aug. 29th, 2005 03:00 am (UTC)
Me too. Personal connections aside, what a horrible loss to the world it would be...
chenanceou
Aug. 29th, 2005 03:15 am (UTC)
I'll continue praying, Chris. It has to slow down. Just has to.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 29th, 2005 03:19 am (UTC)
Hope is such an inadequate word for what I'm doing right now... I saw a post a bit earlier where the link indicated an article that looks at New Orleans as the next Atlantis. It just *can't* happen.
chrisjournal
Aug. 29th, 2005 03:20 am (UTC)
that's me...
LJ logged me out for some bizarre reason.
elfgirl
Aug. 29th, 2005 03:22 am (UTC)
I think I'm in denial. I just can't wrap my mind around the idea of NO being anything other than, well, NO. I'm going for Halloween, dammit!

::hugs:: for you and many, many prayers for your family and friends who are still there. (Your Grandmother sounds like an amazing and spirited lady.)
chrisjournal
Aug. 29th, 2005 03:30 am (UTC)
I am trying very hard to stay in denial, yes indeedy. GaGa is *94* and acts/looks like she's in her 70s. I'm simultaneously comforted and terrified that she's still there.
opalescence
Aug. 29th, 2005 03:58 am (UTC)
I will be praying for your family!!!!
chrisjournal
Aug. 29th, 2005 12:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks, C. I appreciate it very much.
paratti
Aug. 29th, 2005 09:24 am (UTC)
(((Hugs))) you all really hard.

I wish I could move you all here.
chrisjournal
Aug. 29th, 2005 12:12 pm (UTC)
So far, so good. Fingers remaining crossed -- a few more hours and we'll know how bad it is.
raelee
Aug. 29th, 2005 11:38 am (UTC)
Chris, your family and friends are most definitely in my thoughts this morning. It makes me sick to my stomach thinking about it and the waiting to see what happens now is probably the worst part. I remain hopeful that it won't be as bad as they are predicting and hopeful that my hope added to that of so many others will be enough to make it come true.
chrisjournal
Aug. 29th, 2005 12:12 pm (UTC)
The waiting is the killer, yes. A few more hours, and we'll know more.
freixenet
Aug. 29th, 2005 11:45 am (UTC)
::hugs you:: hold tight to someone you love, hon. I'll be thinking about you and everyone else connected to NOLA.
chrisjournal
Aug. 29th, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC)
I am, I am. *hugs you, too*

A few more hours. The webcam on St. Charles went down at 6:01 am...power stayed on a long time, that's gotta be good. GaGa's building has a generator and is near a canal -- hopefully that is good, too.
caliente_uk
Aug. 29th, 2005 12:10 pm (UTC)
My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. *hugs*
chrisjournal
Aug. 29th, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *hugs back*
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