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In Remembrance Of Hurricane Katrina

Updated on September 5, 2010

In Remembrance Of Hurricane Katrina

In Remembrance Of Hurricane Katrina

Two days before the Anniversary of hurricane Katrina, I sit and reminisce about the past experiences my family and I was faced with during hurricane Katrina, I cringe at the thought of being displaced and separated from some of my relatives and friends not knowing if any had survived that horrible force of nature.

Hurricane Katrina made landfall August 29, 2005 coming in at a category 3. Many people lost their lives, homes and some lost their lively-hood. There was a lot of damage caused by the hurricane. However, hours after the storm passed over; the New Orleans levee system failed, causing water to flood 80% of the city and neighboring parishes.

The area I lived in had over 25 Ft of water and knowing that we were debating whether or not to leave because my cousins car was not in good enough condition to be on the road, still gives me nightmares that I am stuck in the apartment I shared with my cousins, with water rising above our heads. Luckily, I called my father and evacuated with him and his new wife and stepchildren. My cousins left a little before I did so they were okay.

We evacuated to West Memphis, Arkansas. where we stayed in a motel for a few months because New Orleans was not fit to live there, because of the mold in homes and dead bodies that were still being discovered in attics. Our stay in Arkansas was very pleasant and we met many people there who listened to our pain, comforted us and provided whatever essentials we needed. I can never forget the hospitality we were given by selfless people who sympathized with us.

I'll never forget the policeman my father met, who brought an ice chest filled with cold drinks, bottled water and dinner to our motel room, or the woman who offered us to come to her hair salon free of charge. I was able to bring my laptop along when we evacuated so that I can find relatives or keep in touch with relatives that lived elsewhere to let them know that we were okay.

I was bored one night and decided to go on to a hurricane Katrina message board and I made a blog about what my family and I had gone through losing everything. There was this woman who lived in Seattle, Washington, she sent me an instant message telling me that she wanted to help out. She called and we talked for an hour, she told me she wanted to go to local churches in her area and collect clothing, food and anything else that could be beneficial to me and other people who were Katrina evacuees. There were many families who evacuated and was living in the same motel my family and I stayed in.

The woman I met online sent many large boxes filled with everything from food, pet food, clothing and diapers. She wanted it to be dispersed to all the families in need at the motel, and that is what we did with most of the items she sent and any left overs we donated to a church who was headed to the gulf coast to help hurricane victims there.

There were so many good people we met and when I think about how good hearted and giving those people were my eyes water. My family and I was so grateful and appreciative, we will never forget them. I hope this story inspires everyone to be selfless and lend someone in need a helping hand, because what goes around, comes around.


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      Sweetpea 7 years ago

      Loss, pain, suffering and troubles are always easier to bare when shared. Remembering the good that comes from sadness helps heal. It is always an uplifting feeling to read and hear there are still people who care. thanks for the good read.