Sun., Aug. 31st
Hurricane Gustav Pt I; The evening before landfall.
Mon., Sept. 1st
Hurricane Gustav Pt II; 7am, landfall in a few hours. Shortly after filming this, a reporter on MSNBC said that hurricane force winds were now hitting New Orleans. Shame on him, however, as hurricane force winds never came within 30 miles of New Orleans. Tropical storm force winds yes, hurricane force, no. Just goes to show--don't trust what you see on TV, even the news.
Hurricane Gustav Pt III; 8am, power goes out.
Hurricane Gustav Pt IV; 1:30pm, the worst of the storm is over.
We went out for a drive around 5pm & found some trees down;
After sundown it rains hard for many hours.
Tues., Sept. 2nd
Hurricane Gustav Pt V; The morning after. The flooding begins.
Hurricane Gustav Pt VI; Flooding worsening.
Hurricane Gustav Pt VII; Our way out of the neighborhood is blocked in every direction.
Hurricane Gustav Pt VIII; The front yard is now flooding. An ATV goes by towing a kid in a canoe.
Hurricane Gustav Pt VIIII; Flooding continues to worsen. About this time a tornado is headed for Abita Springs (although we don't know it--I only found out from concerned local friends after power was restored.) Enlarge the map for a truer representation of scale.
Hurricane Gustav Pt X; Waters still rising.
Tonight I keep dreaming that the air conditioner has come back on. I wake repeatedly to a considerably more miserable reality.
Wed., Sept. 3rd
Hurricane Gustav Pt XI; The waters start to recede.
Hurricane Gustav Pt XII; The fire department brings us ice. My new, best friend is a ziplock bag of ice (which can be applied in more ways than you'd think.)
Hurricane Gustav Pt XIII; The military brings us MREs.
Many thanks to the fire department & military personnel who came by to check on us & bring us supplies. It was nice to see a friendly face (that wasn't one of our own,) at this point.
Thurs., Sept. 4th
Hurricane Gustav Pt XIV; The waters have largely receded.
For the first time in a long time, we're treated to a lovely sunset;Our power was restored around 8:15pm.
Many thanks to the tireless power company employees, too, but most of my thanks go to Charles, who was very patient and kind throughout these long, hot days & nights.
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Also, happy 64th birthday to Roger Waters! :)