7 Months

It's been seven months since Hurricane Katrina hit the place I call home. Things are slowly improving. Telephone crews and power crews are still all around. I saw a power crew from Canada just the other day. Sewage and water lines are still being repaired. The housing situation, at least in Mississippi, is better. There are FEMA trailer parks in just about any area that can hold more than ten. You find them in the oddest places at times. I walked through my brother's neighborhood again. FEMA trailers stand next to the slabs where homes once stood. You cannot miss the trailers. They are every where. One of my neighbors has three in his yard. Zoning laws be damned! You can't protest when your fellow neighbors have no other choice.

The rebuilding is outpacing the clean-up. But there is so much still to do. I don't have a lot of patience and I want it done now! But then you meet people like the fisherman I was talking to Monday afternoon. You share stories back and forth. He tells you his house was condemned and demolished because of the storm surge. You both talk about the piers that have been turned to rubble. And you talk about how beautiful it all once was and then the guy who lost everything says with confidence we'll be back, better and stronger. It's just going to take awhile.

One of the handful of boats moored at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor had a name that says it all.

Patience Biloxi, Gulfport, Long Beach, Pass Christian, Bay St Louis, Waveland, and the other cities along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Sometimes, you can find great comfort from sharing your story and listening to what another has to say. My constant prayer has always been give me patience and make it quick. I'm already preparing for the next hurricane season as are many others. One thing, does anybody know of a good and viable solar generator that can be used for TV's, radios, etc? Or a reliable water purifying kit?


Anonymous jack said...

Hi Karen,

We too are already thinking of the next hurricane season. It will be on us before we know it. I don't know of any portable solar generators that would meet your needs. Solar panels are still pretty large when your talking about powering a home.

I bought one of these you may want to look at. Inexpensive and works well ... if you have daylight and if you have a radio station fairly close.


Yes patience and preparation are the words it seems all over the Gulfcoast at this time.

Keep yourself safe ... and we are always ready to saddle up!

10:00 AM  
Anonymous seawitch said...


I still can't thank all you guys in the power utilities who worked vigilantly to restore our power.

Thanks to the link. I had seen those yesterday but was unsure if they were reliable.

Keep safe!

10:59 AM  
Blogger Esther said...

Thank goodness for you documenting it all. How's that coffee table book coming along? :)

6:47 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...


It isn't.

6:52 PM  

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