posted on Sep, 20 2005 @ 03:36 PM
There is ndeed a lagre military presence here. Last week any shop of importance like a walgreens or a home depot that was open had at least one hummer
with 3 aremed gaurds stationed at the entrance and any gas station had them also. Their major base in my area is a minor leauge sports stadium and
there are close to a goof 1500 soliders being housed and fed there. I was going there for water and ice int he immeidate weeks following and I saw
numerous time them land helocopters not even 300 yards away from me. it was perty awesome. In my nebighorhood we only say 2 cops and 2 hummers over
teh course of 3 weeks. But on the streets you will see a good 10 or so duce and half trucks going about if you watch for a good 15 miun or so.
FOr the first 3 days after the storm we never really left the house except to check on my grandparents. and in thoes first few days I rarely even say
a local police effort. On monday of the week after I remember seeing trucks of people comming in off US highway 90 from lke Cali, New York and texas
from all over the country in squad cars, fire trucks, energy trucks, and rescue crews. THe relief effort was slow to get picked up but when it did it
was exclent. I also figure that if you stayed like me you should have had enough supplies for atlest 2 weeks. Then again you had people whose supplies
were useless becasue they were in their attics. On the day after the storm (tuesday) we had loads of chopers flying mostly Coasties and local
military. by day 3 there was a constant roar of chopers.
THere were problems though. I can literally centimeters from having flood water in my house because at 8 oclock pm sunday of the storm the pump
stations were evacuated and could not run on automatically. So the water was just building up. That caused major water problems in my area. I was
lucky because I stayed I put down sand bags and the water never enterd my house. where as all my nebighors have pulled up their carpet.
By the end of the 1st week we had clean water to bathe and shawer and I took a nice hot shower on the saturday night. so that wasn't that big of a
deal it wasn't until 2 weeeks after last sunday that I got electricity but my phones, tv and internet are down.