Five years ago today, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Golf Coast bringing with it wind, rain, and a veritable onslaught of other problems yet unseen. At least 1,800 people lost their lives as a result of this catastrophic storm and thousands are still thought to be unaccounted for. In New Orleans, many fled the storm and evacuated to other parts of the country. Today, thousands of people have not yet returned to their homes and some are unlikely to ever come back.
Like many reading this post, I was not in the Golf when the hurricane hit. I only watched on TV with most of the rest of the world at the horror that was happening there. However, for my Spring break this year I had the opportunity to go down to New Orleans to help with the rebuilding effort. Yes, there is still so much rebuilding that still needs to be done! The picture above and the one that follows was taken by Lori Mould and is of our group painting the inside of a woman’s home who was not only wonderful but had many stories to tell.
Some people think today is about remembering a disaster that is over, well it’s not. Today is about remembering a crisis that still exist in New Orleans and other areas of the Golf right now. There is still so much work that needs to be done in order to preserve the great culture that is there. Some of the happiest moments of my life have been spent in New Orleans with the people there – they just really and truly love everyone unconditionally. Society should use them as a shining example of how to deal with loss and society should also seriously think about lending a helping hand.
LOVE YOU NOLA!