Hi guys, it's good to back - momentarily. My email is down due to the storm, I live in an area where we still have dial up so I'm writing from the church and getting my fix between services.
Many thanks to all of you who have opened your hearts and wallets to this tragedy.
Our city has taken in 6,300 refugees and that is only in official Red Cross shelters. There are many more in churches and homes that are not counted. It is a tragedy and will be a very long process of getting these people back to normalcy.
How do you absorb a million people into local economies?
Where will these people whose jobs have been washed out to sea find employment?
The port is in bad shape and it remains to be seen how long it will take to restore it to functioning capacity. Although since the port is the major source of income to NO, they will be repairing it ASAP. The airport has announced it will not be open for commercial traffic until November.
I was glad to see Carnival step up to the plate and rent their ships out. Made sense since the ports of Mobile and N.O. are out of commission for now anyway. Better than no income at all. Out of curiosity it would be interesting to know how that will work. How much will the daily/monthly rental be, etc. But ya'll already know I'm the curious type and want to know the intricacies of how things happen.
The sad part of the story is that so many people did not heed the warnings to evacuate. The mayor and parish presidents literally begged people for 48 hours prior to the storm to get out. Busses were made available free of charge to take people out of the areas but they would not go. It is difficult to save people from themselves. Phone numbers were given for people who needed special assistance (wheelchairs or infirmed). Now others must put themselves at risk to save this hard headed lot. Sigh. But it must be done.
I don't want to make a political statement but it is a fact well known to us locals that the govenor did not specifically ask for the help she needed until Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. The feds cannot send certain assets until asked to do so by the governor and she didn't ask. She was however good at crying on TV but that's a whole nother subject.
Maybe the corruption that has existed for so very many years in the New Orleans government and it is probably the worst in the country - will be seen for what it is and change in leadership will arise. Much has been made of the Corps of Engineers being over the levees but that's not entirely true. Each parish has a levee board who actually does testing and inspections of the levees and appropriates the money. When you have risen to the pinacle of corruption you get to be on the levee boards. Always been that way. In the last few years they used their levee money to build a bridge, build a marina, and a plethora of other things that had nothing to do with shoring up the levees and it has now come home to bite the people of NO on the butt. Man, oh man.
Okay, I've vented I guess. Thank you for your prayers. Don't know when I'll check in again but I'm due to fly to San Juan on Saturday and sail the AOS on Sunday - it is now a more needed vacation than anticipated. Anyone else sailing the AOS on 9/11?