When I lived in Biloxi, Mississippi during the year I was in the third grade, I remember my teacher talking about Hurricane Camille coming through. We watched a movie that had some footage of the devestation Camille left in its wake and I remember my little third-grade mind thinking, "I cannot imagine going through anything like that."
That same thought and feeling has been true the past couple of days as I hear and see reports from Biloxi and New Orleans about the devestation that Hurricane Katrina has brought to the area. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the area that is affected by this storm. I heard this story on the radio this morning about an older couple who couldn't evacuate having to go up on the roof of their home and the home splitting apart. It just breaks my heart to hear about it and think about the possiblity of losing everything you have in this world due to a natural disaster.
Even after the flood waters recede, there will still be lots of work left to do. I've heard in some places it could be up to six weeks before power is restored. In high school, I remember our church sent teams to help rebuild houses after Hurricane Hugo swept through North Carolina. I hope that a simliar thing will happen in the wake of Katrina.
I also know the Red Cross web site
is set up to take donations for hurricane relief. It may not seem like much, but it's something to do to help in a small way.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 8/30/2005 08:52:00 AM