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Katrina update

I don't have much information yet, but word has gotten to us that GaGa and Uncle Rick are both physically safe. Nothing from Uncle Al yet, but I really think he would have left town. The pictures I'm seeing are devastating -- cleaning up the mess is going to be a monumental effort, but I'm *so* grateful that there's still a NOLA to worry about cleaning up.

I'll update this same post when I get some more details about the areas of the city they are in -- GaGa's sort of mid-City, and Uncle Rick lives practically in the river Uptown. Uncle Al's house is in the French Quarter - not at all sure he's there, but if I get word, I'll let you know.

Huge, huge thanks to luna_k and petzipellepingo for their news updates -- it's been of tremendous help.

sockkpuppett and nashvillain615 please check in...

ETA: 8:22pm EST: nashvillain615 is out of harm's way. Haven't been able to dig anything up on sockkpuppett or wisemack, in Jackson and Vicksburg. Nothing yet from Uncle Al or Jason, Yoko, Paula, etc. Jason's family residence in Slidell is gone -- saw what's left of it on the news. I *think* he said that his mom and dad had sold it -- I hope I didn't dream that. He's likely with the football team in Jackson, so I think they're probably okay. I'm having a hard time finding news about Jackson MS -- I guess it isn't nearly as bad as Gulfport or Biloxi, but does anyone know how Jackson fared?


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Aug. 29th, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear that, sweetie.

I've been rather worried here because my cousin Jean (the only one of my mom's family I genuinely *like*) lives in Gautier, MS -- smack between Biloxi and Mobile. The storm hit her head-on. Yikes.

Did you get my e-mail about next weekend? Would LOVE for you to be able to make it! And if you're not available Friday night, then Jenn and I are happy to meet you another evening for dinner at Doc Chey's. :)
Aug. 29th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC)
Right now, I'm not sure if I'm going to make it at all...things are topsy turvy again, with school transfers and moving trucks and things. I'm so up in the air I could be superman's sidekick.

Do you know whether your friend got away to safety?

::worries with you::
Aug. 29th, 2005 11:59 pm (UTC)
So glad to hear that they're safe! Definitely keep us updated!
Aug. 30th, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)
Will do. The KY family gets it next -- it'll be a tropical storm or even depression before it gets there, though. Maybe a little flooding and some minor power outs, at worst.

Aug. 30th, 2005 05:12 am (UTC)
Oh yeah... I've been watching the news about that, especially since I'm currently visiting nmissi in Kentucky! ;-) They're saying we should start getting the front edge of it by 7:00am, with the main bit hitting around 11:00, and there's a flood warning out through Wednesday morning.

Should make the trip down to Atlanta on Wednesday an extra bit of fun!
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Aug. 30th, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)
So far, so good. Hang in there!
Aug. 30th, 2005 02:05 am (UTC)
I saw a brief news report that Jackson got wind and tree damage (a large tree fell on the grounds of the Governor's Mansion), which likely means power outage as well, but no real details.

I send hugs and wine and good thoughts your way, Chris. (And of course to all those who've been affected by the storm.)
Aug. 30th, 2005 02:47 am (UTC)
Thanks for that, Lori. It's enough to make my gut quit clenching a good bit, really. I keep thinking the craziness in my life is going to end, and well, it doesn't quite, does it?

I think family and friends have escaped well, so far. TBD still somewhat, but all in all, I'm feeling very grateful and lucky right now.
Aug. 30th, 2005 03:30 am (UTC)
Obviously, New Orleans has some pretty substantial rebuilding ahead, but I'm glad to ssee that the damage was a bit less biblical than was predicted. It's an old city with a rebellious spirit, so I imagine it will bounce back pretty well. I greatly feel for the people there and in Mississippi, though - things do look pretty terrible.
Aug. 30th, 2005 03:39 am (UTC)
I'm glad that you got good news about your family, and I hope all is well with your uncle, too. It is both devastating to hear how bad the damage to NOLA is, and a relief that it wasn't as bad as it could have been. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and with everyone who has been touced by this disater. {{{{{HUGS}}}}}
Aug. 30th, 2005 06:42 am (UTC)
Winds are really kicking here now, buckets of rain, but manageable. Woke up to the answering machine about an hour ago and realized it was M. Jumped up, grabbed and talked to him. Naturally, he had no real details about the storm over there, so I gave him a few.

His phone in his apartment is being repaired and he has a computer in his room, so communication should be no problem. He said the pollution where he is is just terrible. Still and all, he sounds wonderful and rested. He slept on the plane and straight through last night, and will have about two more days to get acclimated before he meets formally with the university people.

Things are fine here. Can't believe what I've seen about Biloxi and Gulfport. Friend Charlotte had gone down there two weeks ago to stay with her mother. Praying to God C. was still there and packed her mom up, taking her back to Nashville.

I wish I had a cigarette...

Love you and hope your week gets damned productive quick!

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