posted on Jul, 30 2007 @ 09:36 AM
I was in Lafayette, Louisiana when the storm hit. Phone communications were overloaded and it took numerous attempts to contact my home in Slidell.
Lucky for me and my wife, we had friends in Lafayette who housed us during the time of confusion. Relief centers opened up in large enclosed areas,
from basket ball gyms to the Cajun Dome in Lafayette. We saw pictures on the news time and again about the floods and people shooting at helicopters
(some to signal, others to try and shoot down).
After two weeks with the media telling us that my town was flooded, showing a few shots of a flooded stretch of road (which I saw replayed a hundred
times) mixed with scenes of New Orleans with the caption below saying it was "Slidell", I just became fed up. So I went home with extra gas and all
the batteries I could get my hands on.
As we got closer to home, the devistation became more visable by every passing tree. Also, traffic seemed to become more and more scarce as well.
When we got home, the treeline of the city was ripped apart, houses everywhere took damage. Our house was lucky, because the flooding from the lake
stopped right on our lawn, which the other half of the city was flooded. There was no power, and there was a curfew set at 9PM. Water was undrinkable
for the next two weeks as well.
TV and Cable were out for a good while and all we had was really AM, most of the FM radio stations had shut down. Salvation Army, Red Cross, Relgious
Aid Groups and even foreign aid groups came in to offer us supplies. I lived off of MREs for almost a month from the Army. Some less than honorable
people went to the food lines 3-5 times a day, in which one time would be enough to feed a 8 people for the entire day. I later encountered people
when I was working for a mail company who sold the MREs over Ebay.
In october we started hearing the horror stories.
Sharks that swam in from the storm where eating bodies and dead animals right after the storm. Groups of criminals in New Orleans teamed up before the
storm and went from house to house looting and shooting whoever got in their way. Cops who went bad sought to join with crime. Animals left behind
from the storm formed packs, fueled by hunger, they sought to attack people for food. Gators, like the sharks, crawled into the subarbs and started
killing people. Fires went out of control because the fire department could not reach them. Criminals from New Orleans who fled the strom brought
their crime-like ways into the surrounding parishs, including drugs and murder (it took my parish up until now to finally stomp out the crime
problem). Bodies who were recovered from the storm who were found in flood waters could give no identity because the body becomes like jello. Cars
along the old highways leading into new orleans were filled with bullet holes, and 7 out of 10 had a body in them.
The list goes on and on.
I'll write more on my next break at work.