Have you been watching the aftermath of Katrina? The Devastation is astounding. 80% of New Orleans is still underwater and people are still stranded on their roofs. All of MrZ’s family lives in Slidell which is across Lake Ponchartrain from New Orleans. One uncle weathered the storm and last we heard, he’s fine, but it is impossible to get ahold of anyone on landlines or cell phones in that area, so MrZ’s grandparents have been unable to touch base with anyone to see if there is any damage, or WHAT damage there is, to their homes. I doubt anyone escaped at least a little damage.
Here in Huntsville? There is debris all down the streets and in the yards, the winds were up all night along with the rain, and LilZ slept on the floor of our room (he started in the bed, just TOO crowded with my big belly and snoogle pillow) because it was a wee bit scary. When MrZ got up to take a shower he hollered at me because everything LilZ had been sleeping on was soaking wet. At first? We thought he had an accident (which he finds very funny) but it turns out we just had a breach in the roof valley of our home because there is no flashing on our roof. There’s soaked carpet in several corners of our home. But that is NOTHING compared to what the people along the gulf are dealing with – so we’ll consider ourselves blessed.
Because the majority of the families left behind during Katrina were poor already (hence, why they couldn’t afford to evacuate) they are the type of families that don’t have savings or maybe even insurance to help them recover. This is the type of disaster that hits those who have no protection financially. We have insurance, we have savings, if our homes were destroyed, we’d make a recovery – eventually. We’re very lucky. But for many of those who lived through the hurricane, are not as fortunate. Keep them in your thoughts and your prayers. Our community usually has water drives and such things after these types of disasters. If your community has the same – please help. They will have major food and water shortages.
If your community doesn’t have anything like that going on? Try to find one to donate too. At this point? There is no guarantee where your cash will go, the best programs are the ones that take busloads of food and water to the hard-hit areas. These people have contaminated water sources now, you have no idea how much they need just the four dollar cases of water you buy every week. If I find any way to donate money to those types of efforts, I will post a link (you could always default to The Red Cross). This one hit close to home, MrZ has several members of his family directly affected by Katrina. Please keep everyone in your thoughts.
Here’s a few pictures from when we stayed in a house that is now gone.