Katrina broke my heart. New Orleans is one of my favorite cities in the world. I grew up in Gretna.<quoted text>
I grew up in Louisiana, and there aren't any basements here because it's below sea level in most places. Instead, people might build safe holes or even jump into bathtubs and pull mattresses overhead in the event of a tornado.
Katrina was a nightmare. Bodies floating in the streets, rapes in the shelters, rescuers shouting for women to take off their tops in exchange for a seat on a chopper or boat.
Disasters really bring out both the best and the worst in humanity. I just hope these latest ones bring out more of the former than the latter.
Was very glad, however, that I was not fated to be a resident when that storm hit - the way it was handled, both locally and Federally, was utterly criminal.
I fell in love last year with an HBO series called 'Treme'. It was already two seasons in when I started watching, and this year will be the fourth, and last, season of the show. Do you watch it?
I live in Tulsa now, and the storms left Tulsans will well-soaked earth. That's about it. Where I am, we didn't even get high winds or hail. But Moore is going to need lots of time, effort, money, and compassion, for years after this. The destruction and loss of life was crippling.
Friend of ours runs a roofing company - he and his crews have been there since 3pm yesterday, and will be repairing roof damage to what homes were left standing, for the next several weeks. If I know John, he'll be doing a lot of it pro bono. He's that kind of guy.