Monday, September 15, 2008

It's not Wall St or NOLA but if you hit it with a hurricane it still bleeds

This is the latest message from my town's mayor:

Hurricane Ike Update

The City of [redacted] has sustained serious damage from Hurricane Ike. As of this writing, the City has no electrical power, no landline phone service, no potable water service, and sanitary sewage may be compromised. Cellular telephone service is limited as cell towers may be down or out of service. Many trees are down and storm debris is still obstructing many streets.

[Surrounding bodies of water] are still over their banks in many places, but water levels are receding. The. . .Sheriff's Department has set up roadblocks to our neighborhood entrances and on [major roads] to prevent sightseers and non-residents from entering the area. There is a dawn to dusk curfew and non-residents are not allowed in the City between these hours. The Mayor is working with FEMA and other emergency management officials to assess the damage and to begin the reconstruction abd claims process.

Residents are urged to not return at this time as the lack of utilities and infrastructure makes the situation unsafe. The City has declared an emergency and is working with state and federal agencies to address recovery.

[Links and information] for. . . clean-up and activities that residents can undertake at this time. The City will post updates to this website and will advise when it is safe for residents to return.

What is helpful for the area?

Consider donating to the disaster relief fund at the Red Cross or to other Hurricane Ike relief funds. But make sure to check to ensure that the organization is legitimate and that relief goes to the intended recipients.



Karen said...

oh Julie - I think you are right. In some sense - all the build up, the force and power of Ike - the palpable relief that it wasn't worse than it was....all that is adding up to us not really knowing how bad it is. And it is bad.

Robert said...

Our prayers will be with you and your area as we head west. If we had not made our plans months ago, I would likely be joining teams from our local branch to go in and do relief work somewhere along the Gulf coast. If those teams are still going when I get back, I'll definitely be going.

Cathy said...

I feel for you.

Just returned from the Gulf Coast, after being sent to cover Ike for the paper.


I will be thinking of you and the many others in similar straits over the coming months.

I can't imagine remaining in such upheaval and limbo with young children.

Please take care and let us know how you are faring.

Anonymous said...

Part off me now wishes I had taken Ray Nagin up on his offer. Alas, I am still in the area, though I found an in-law who has both power and running water, so we are better off than many. I also have a mostly full tank of gas.

Hope you and yours are doing OK, and feel free to keep in touch.


Queen of the Mayhem said...

I had similar feelings after Gustav. It was a relief that it New Orleans did not flood...but it did not take away from the unbelievable damage other parts of the state suffered!

Good luck!

painted maypole said...

how are you holding up? how about the girls? what are you doing during this time of being gone? it's so hard... still praying for you...

karoli said...

Julie, I'm sorry and grateful all at once. Yes, it hurts, but you and your family had the sense to get out and stay safe...for that, gratitude.

I'm writing a blog post encouraging donations to the red cross, and linking you. are there others that I should also link with similar stories to yours?

apathy lounge said...

I'm sure the pictures of the damage, as devastating as they appear, don't even begin to illustrate how much work is ahead. We're thinking of you.