Hey everyone, not sure is this is legit or not, but I figured I'd pass it on, just in case. I got this email from a person at work!!
I wanted to write this letter
to let you know that I am okay. I am home safe now. My trip to New Orleans was a
disaster as I am sure you can imagine. After being in a meeting with a
client all day, I heard about the hurricane and that it was going to hit New
Orleans. I called the airport, and was promptly, and rudely told that all
flights were cancelled. Next I called all the rental car places I could think of
and even checked the phone book. All rental cars were gone too. I was stuck. I
decided to call for a taxi, since that is what I'd been using while here, and
asked them how much would it be for a ride to Baton Rouge at least. The guy
laughed at me and told me that they couldn't take me there. I hung up on him and
tried a few more taxi companies. Most either didnt answer their phones or they
couldn't take me to Baton Rouge. Finally one company offered to take me for
1,000 buck. I took the offer. They told me they could have a car to me in one
hour. Well, the car never showed up and the company didn't answer after that. I
was really steaming by now.
By now I was getting pretty
scared. Being from the midwest, I'd never dealt with hurricanes before. I asked
the hotel if I could stay and they said I could, and they were only booking
rooms from the 5th floor and up. They also told me that all staff was going home
and I should lock myself in my room as they could not vouche for my safety while
I was there. I did just what they said.
Well the hurricane came in.
luckily my room was on a north facing wall and my windows held out. But it was
dark and extremely scary. I can tell you, I have never been that scared
before. The sound was so loud, and it never stopped. It was a nightmare.
The next morning, I woke up in
a pool of sweat. The lights were off and so was the AC. My window to my room did
not open, but I looked out at the destruction below me. It was bad. Im sure you
can see how bad by watching TV.
Well, after waiting for two
days, with no plumbing in my room, I decided to try and see if there were any
rescue operations going on. I'd seen a few helicopters, but hadn't heard hardly
a peep from the other hotel people. I ventured out and took the stairs to
the ground. Luckily we were in a part of New Orleans that wasn't completely
inundated. The front desk was empty, and I had to unlock the front doors.
I had made a little napsack of
bottled water and some power bars and made my way to what I'd thought I'd seen
as some sort of official place where people were being gathered. It looked
close, but I soon found out there was no straight way there. Most places were
flooded, and debris littered everywhere! I couldn't find a straight path, and I
got lost. I wandered around for a full day, until night fall. I saw only a few
people at a distance, but they did not see me. Good thing too, now that I look
at the TV. I found an empty house that night where the second floor was still
dry. I holed up there, sleeping on someone elses matress. It was hot, but I was
so bushed. I got up the next morning and started my walking again. It
always seemed like I was going in circles, maybe I was. I had to wade through a
couple of knee deep lengths of water, and let me tell you it stank and had stuff
floating in it. I was careful to watch out for snakes and other things. The
mosqitoes were horrible. I still have bites all over me.
By late afternoon I happened
upon what I am now calling the collection site. The feds were there and so
was the CDC. I saw them dressed all in their getups covering every part of their
bodies, you know those white suits? Well, I managed to get into the line and I
noticed they were testing people somehow. I could see people being taken into a
small tent before they were allowed to get on the one bus that was there. Yes,
there was a bus, and it was ready to take me home. That's when I heard the first
yelling from one man as he was cordoned off. He was being dragged to some sort
of building where armed guards stood. As I stood in line I saw more and more of
them being dragged into the building. I was getting real scared then. I don't
know why, but most of the men and women that were in line were being dragged
away by feds with guns to the holding area.
Sandy, you know how calm I
usually am, but I freaked out. I was so scared they were going to throw me into
the building and never let me out, that I bolted from the line, back into the
city. I had no idea where i was, but I could tell by the sun, which way was
northwest. North was flooded, but not too bad. I was able to swim (yes
swim, the water reeked so bad, I almost threw up a number of times) across one
stretch. Once I got to the other side, it was covered in fire ants, and I had to
fight them off. They were angry, and covered the entire side.
I walked for the
rest of that day, my water ran out, and I could find no other water that I
thought i could drink.
I honestly don't know for how much longer I
walked, but I finally found some sort of medical relief site. When I got
there, I saw the horror of what the hurricane did to the people. There were
victims everywhere in every state of injury and illness.
It was then that I got a hold
of a phone and called my wife. I cried for a while then. It was such a
relief to hear her voice. I was able to get one of the workers to give me
a lift to someplace called Gonzalez, where I was able to get a car that I drove
to Houston. From houston I caught a plane back home. The people at the airport
were extremely friendly..
I wanted you to know they were
keeping certain people in New Orleans, I can only imagine it's because of the
fear of cholera or diptheria or TB or something like that. But they are not
giving those people proper medical care there! I can't believe they are
keeping people in that place instead of giving them medical attention! It's
all I can write now, I am tired and need to rest. Please send this out to as
many people as you can, I want them to know what is happening out.
WOW! I was shocked. If this is true.....