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I work at WalMart in the meat department. Before leaving for work Saturday I checked the weather to see what was going on with Tropical Storm Ernesto. It was then being reported that it would enter the Gulf of Mexico sometime early this week. I knew then what my day at work would be like. After Huricanes Katrina and Rita last year everyone is a bit gun shy and you can't blame them. The store was packed with people buying everything from meat to flashlights.
Katrina was a living nightmare for everyone down here, and it still is for some. The people who left New Orleans thought they would only be gone a couple of days and then they could go back home. Many of them ended up with no homes to go back to. They had nothing except what they had brought out. Our district warehouse took a hard hit and we could not get supplies for several days. Once what we had onhan d was gone the people really panicked. They knew if WalMart shelves were empty things had to be bad. When the people that stayed in New Orleans to ride out the storm started coming in they had the same look as someone coming out of a battle zone. Some were still in shock, some were very angry, and then there were the ones who had a peace about them. Those were the ones that knew the Lord, and He was the only thing that got them through.
It is now a year later and some people still are without a home. I met a lady the other day that has been going on weekends trying to get it all back together. Some of the people cannot afford to have their ruined homes demolished and cleared off of their land to start over. Now if the city has it cleared they take the land as payment leaving these people with nothing. Please pray for these people.
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Hurricane Katrina was absolutely devastating!!! Last night John and I watched a program about her on Discovery Channel. You can't help but cry for those poor people!! The nightmare they lived through will stay with them for the rest of their lives!!We used to live down near the coast and every hurricane season I would hold my breathe and pray for the best!!It's a very scary thing!!! Hopefully this hurricane will not bring such devastation!!
This year really can't be as bad as last year. Of course no-one can be certain but I hope nature goes easy this year especially as people are still rebuilding.
We are Katrina survivors. We lost our house to water and trees. We demolished it and sold the lot. That seems to sum up Katrina in just one little sentence. However, this past year has been, not just beyond your wildest nightmares, it has been way beyond anything you could even begin to imagine. We were lucky to have a great insurance adjuster who made sure we got what we needed. And great friends who let us and 70 lb greyhound stay with them. So we have been able to buy another house and replace most things we lost. Thankfully, we took our photos with us, our dog, of course, only two changes of clothing, important papers and all computer back up disks. We both owned businesses, so records were most important. To try to tell anyone what this past year has been like is impossible. I have no idea how we survived it. But we have......so far.
That's amazing Jan. I can't imagine what it must have been like.
Jan, I am so sorry for y'all loss. Thank God for the insurance adjuster, I know some people who weren't as lucky. We had minimal damage, but our adjuster took care of us right away, he gave us no problem at all. I pray that your life can now begin to return to some sense of normalcy.
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