I’m glued to the media. Mainly online, but CNN will do when I’m sick of the computer at night.
I feel so helpless, I’ve sent my dollars in to charities but am holding onto as much as possible for friends who might need it.
I apologize for derailing the normally cheerful focus of Blastmilk. But Blastmilk is my life, and New Orleans is a very deep part of that.
So. Here are some links… found my buddy Chuck at the GumboPages is keeping a very informative blog going. Glad to know he’s safe and mad as hell. Many blessings to him and his family!
Also, Todd posted this this morning… a very detailed satellite of the flood areas before and after, in which he was able to spot his house in the Bywater (just right of the French Quarter along the Miss.) and not only was it dry-ish but the roof was still on! No word on the kitties, but a dry house is a good sign. Hopefully one of those disaster kitty rescue organizations can help… I’m giving them some dollars too.
Evacuation is going to be a trial. The gubmint has commandeered all buses and is vaccing them out near the convention center, but it is really ugly down there. I’m so worried for my friends still there. Is this what they are having to deal with?
Outside the Convention Center, the sidewalks were packed with people without food, water or medical care, and with no sign of law enforcement. Thousands of storm refugees had been assembling outside for days, waiting for buses that did not come.
At least seven bodies were scattered outside, and hungry people broke through the steel doors to a food service entrance and began pushing out pallets of water and juice and whatever else they could find.
An old man in a chaise lounge lay dead in a grassy median as hungry babies wailed around him. Around the corner, an elderly woman lay dead in her wheelchair, covered with a blanket, and another body lay beside her wrapped in a sheet.
“I don’t treat my dog like that,” 47-year-old Daniel Edwards said as he pointed at the woman in the wheelchair. “I buried my dog.” He added: “You can do everything for other countries but you can’t do nothing for your own people. You can go overseas with the military but you can’t get them down here.”
From WWLTV. And here’s their really great moment by moment update.
P.S. And yes, I’m finally buying one of those wind up radios I’ve wanted for emergencies for ABOUT TEN YEARS. Such a dummy.
P.P.S. I still love dollies. They give me much comfort.