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Do you guys know what it's like in New Orleans in August/September? Thick. The miasma of the normal humidity and the high heat create a soup in the air. Things grow. They smell. They decompose. How much worse will it be with everything that's flooding, filled with the detritus of the modern world? There must be hundreds injured or dead, if not more, in East Jeff, and that water really is rising elsewhere. It will be a long, long time before things can even start to be cleaned up.

My sff fueled brain is coming up with some truly grotesque scenarios, and GaGa is trapped on the third floor of her apartment building, with no apparent way to get out. She's far enough away from the lake that the water rising isn't very fast, but the bayou at some point will spill over out of the canal in front of the building. 3rd floor is high enough for worst case, I *think*. But how long can she last on her supplies of food and bottled water (the bathtub which was filled was contaminated by a toilet leak from the apt above it and is unusable). Governor Blanco says she has a plan to evacuate the rest of the city. God how I hope so. They say that folks are evacuating Jefferson Parish and the east bank on foot, mostly--about 20 miles to the checkpoint. GaGa is 94 -- that's not going to happen. Uncle Rick has disappeared -- the spotty communication chain has broken down there. I hope he's still okay, and wasn't injured helping a neighbor or trying to rescue some *thing* or other.

I see stories of tragedy everywhere, but I can't stop worrying about my own family. Y'all please just keep on vibing those internet vibes out to the whole gulf coast area, okay? So many are worse off than my family, but I seem to be cocooning in. Hang tight.

Oh! I promised Kimi: Jackson got hit in a relatively mild way. The Tulane freshmen and football team were evacuated there on Sunday, and while power's out and comms are bad, they are there and safe. Hopefully Lum will show up soonish and let us know that they are all well.

ETA 10:45pm: We've heard from Uncle Al -- he's still in his apartment in the quarter on Royal. I am a member of a family of fools...he's okay right now, says water's rising and the destruction is incredible. I'll let you guys know if I hear any more details. Anybody heard from sockkpuppett?


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Aug. 31st, 2005 02:13 am (UTC)
Oh, Chris. [hugs] Candles lit, prayers sent.
Aug. 31st, 2005 02:20 am (UTC)
Thanks, dear one.
Aug. 31st, 2005 02:13 am (UTC)
Sending positive thoughts in the direction of you and your family, as well as everyone else caught up in that horror.
Aug. 31st, 2005 02:22 am (UTC)
Positivity in the universe can only help -- thanks, Jerry.
Aug. 31st, 2005 02:15 am (UTC)
{{Hugs}} praying for you and yours. It's all I can offer.
Aug. 31st, 2005 02:22 am (UTC)
Prayers are very, very welcome. There are so many people who need them, and I'm not ashamed to ask for our share. Thank you, my dear.
Aug. 31st, 2005 02:15 am (UTC)
I feel so helpless. Please keep checking in.


Aug. 31st, 2005 02:21 am (UTC)
Prayers and hugs gratefully accepted. Helpless is *hard*.
Aug. 31st, 2005 02:55 am (UTC)
*hugs* I'm hoping your family pulls through okay. :|
Aug. 31st, 2005 03:09 am (UTC)
*hugs back*

Faith. It's all about keeping faith in the universe.
Aug. 31st, 2005 03:02 am (UTC)
Oh, Chris... definitely keeping you and your family in my thoughts.
Aug. 31st, 2005 03:06 am (UTC)
Replying again because an idea just struck... You've probably already thought of this, but have you contacted the Red Cross? If they know where she is and what her circumstances are, they may be able to do something to help get her out.
Aug. 31st, 2005 03:08 am (UTC)
Nods. She's on the lists, but there are *many* folks worse off right now. It's a waiting game--she's strong, and doing okay right now. The big thing is that the phone intermittently works, and it's an old-fashioned dial type. I think if Rick would/could get in touch, she'd do better. If she can hold out a few days, they'll get her out of there. I think she will, I just worry about illness and the like with the horribly unsanitary conditions.

Thanks again, Fen. *hugs*
Aug. 31st, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)
{{{{HUGS}}} Keeping you and yours in my prayers.
Sep. 1st, 2005 02:05 am (UTC)
*hugs back* Thank you, margot!
Aug. 31st, 2005 04:15 am (UTC)
I'll say a few prayers tonight and hope that everyone you love is okay, and stays that way.
Sep. 1st, 2005 02:05 am (UTC)
Thank you, nmissi. I truly appreciate it. I hope Louisville didn't get too pounded? I know KY was to receive the Wednesday dump...
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Sep. 1st, 2005 02:04 am (UTC)
Re: We love you, Chris
News in the newest post -- things are *going* to be okay. Thanks sooooo much for your support. I love you guys, and you've been a lifeline this horrible, horrible summer.
Aug. 31st, 2005 09:08 am (UTC)
Oh, Chris! *hugs her tight* Worrying and praying hard, hard for GaGa, but bearing in mind that she is *yours* and knowing what a force that is to be reckoned with, I have nothing but faith that she will be fine. *sends GaGa a great big comfort hug*

Wondering about Uncle Rick and sending prayers his way. Ready to kick Uncle Al in the head, which I'm sure you'll handle later when you're able.

I have thought of nothing but the devastation down there. My prayers go out to all.


Sep. 1st, 2005 02:04 am (UTC)
*hugs you tighter*

News on Lum in newest post. I called my sister tonight and had a bit of a breakdown -- it didn't really make me feel better, but it just might have been enough to keep me going.

Love you!
Aug. 31st, 2005 09:09 am (UTC)
I just lit a candle for you and yours.

Sep. 1st, 2005 02:03 am (UTC)
That about made me cry, L. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
Aug. 31st, 2005 11:15 am (UTC)
Sending best wishes to all of your family and friends - I hope you hear from everyone safely. It's hard to imagine what it must be like.
Sep. 1st, 2005 02:02 am (UTC)
We're just about there...just another day or two and all will be better, if not well. Thanks, Mel.
Aug. 31st, 2005 11:18 am (UTC)
All I can offer are prayers, Chris. Which, somehow, don't feel like enough. I wish I could do something other than pray and donate to the red cross.
Sep. 1st, 2005 02:02 am (UTC)
It's *plenty*, Chen. Faith in the universe. Faith.
Aug. 31st, 2005 11:47 am (UTC)
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. *hugs*
Sep. 1st, 2005 02:01 am (UTC)
*hugs back* Thank you so much, cal.
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