Thursday, September 22, 2005

Evacuation Day

I've never been anywhere where hurricane tracking mattered to me, but today has been a different story. I know more about how hurricanes work, which side of them you would rather be on and what they do to predict their path than I ever thought necessary. Everyone here is making plans to get out of its way and we are too. We'll be leaving Slidell tomorrow morning around 7:30 and would like to head due north, but we need to return the pop-up trailer that we borrowed in Marshal, TX before we go home. If the storm acts the way they are predicting we should be done with that before any serious weather hits. However, we are expecting to find plenty of traffic along our way, which might slow us down. There is even uncertainty about whether we can even travel West as far as Marshall since it puts us near the path of the storm and an evacuation area. I'll try to keep my blog up to date as we travel tomorrow.

If all that goes well, we will shoot for Blake and Kim's house to spend Saturday night there and then continue on home on Sunday. I am definitely ready to see Christa.

I've been out cleaning flood damaged houses and have some stories to tell you about that. Many of them involve rank oders which I will need to describe in detail, so don't read my next few posts with a snack :)


Anonymous Lori Ann said...

We will keep you all in prayer for safe travel.
We know that you have all had an eye opening time while there.
Thanks for your hard work.

Thu Sep 22, 09:30:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Allan W. said...

Kristi and I found the weirdest, weirdest stuff when we were doing flood cleanup in St. Louis in the early nineties. Self-portraits of people doing weird things.

The main thing I recall: 3 feet of solid, impossible mud covering everything. Indeed, it stank. You're much closer to the time of the event than we were; I can only imagine the bouquet of odors floating by your nostrils.

Thu Sep 22, 10:34:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Allan W. said...

Hang in there, and be safe, buddy. We're praying daily for you and the team down there.

We had a good laugh about your "sweating like crazy" post at v-ball the other night. I was like, "hey, now you know how I feel every game!" =)

Thu Sep 22, 10:35:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Mike said...

I'm certain that the myriad of odors and sights never before seen by your innocent eyes and the imagery that will forever remain with you, will help shape your future. You have gained valuable education with this experience. May God be kind to your team as you guys process what you have witnessed.
Bogie said (remember Bogie?), "Of all the Gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine". Perhaps some of those odors are simply stale gin.
Today, "The Big Easy" could be looking at another ton of rain. It's more like, "The Big Uneasy" until hurricane season is over.
Thanks for what you guys did!

Fri Sep 23, 07:08:00 AM PDT  

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