I didn’t live in New Orleans 7 years ago during Hurricane Katrina I watched from afar, New York, at all the horror and pain. Moving to New Orleans Hurricane Katrina is so ingrained in the people who lived here and was such a horrible experience it seems to effect a lot of the decisions that are made here on a daily basis. The conversation is sprinkled with before Katrina and after Katrina. Katrina happened on August 29, 2005.
Today is August 27, 2012 and we all await to see where Hurricane Isaac will land. It has been a really interesting experience so far. First are the weather people on the news whose voices pitch at a very high level. They do not want to take a chance and give any impression that it might be okay to stay because remember what happened during Katrina. If you watch the many different reports on this storm it has been difficult to determine whether an evacuation is necessary or what to do. Today was the deadline to make a decision because starting tomorrow morning the weather will be too bad to leave. I have after speaking to several locals, listening to numerous weather reports decided to stay.
So if I am staying I have to plan certain things. The power may go out and so I need food that doesn’t need refrigeration. I need water to drink. I filled the bath tub so that if necessary I can use the bathroom and “flush” so to speak. I have a small dog who weighs about 25 lbs and I wonder if the wind will be so strong it will wisk him away and so I have a plan since he needs to go out to take him into a narrow alley at the side of the house I am in which should be protected.
We are waiting for a storm they now say is about 350 miles wide, may drop 10-15 inches of water and I hope the power doesn’t go out because with the power I have TV and I have the internet and I have lights and without the power nothing – boredom for two full days.
Now they say the wind is 50-75 miles/hour which means the storm may have slowed but I bet if I change the channel they will say something else. The problem is that with the amount of rain we are getting the drainage system will back up and we will have flooding on our roadways which has nothing to do with the levees breeching.
We shall see.