- 04 Sep. 2005 - 21:58:
Katrina :: I survived her
Hello there fellow VP members, WinT has been down for 7 days now due to the single most powerful hurricane to ever hit the United States in recorded history (or, that's what they say anyway)
I have never in my life seen anything like that. I live only about 90 miles inland from where the hurricane made landfall, and since it was larger than the state of Texas, 90 miles inland did NOT mean any relative safety.
My town was not destroyed, but blown to hell and back pretty bad. We've been in a total blackout now for 7 days, power has JUST NOW been turned back on. Power crews from all over the country came here to help out, and they did a terrific job. They couldn't get the power on any sooner due to the large amount of HUGE trees that were all over the road, and the powerlines, and the power poles that were snapped in half.
I've been living off of canned foods, charcoal grills, and small fires, lol. It's just been horrible, but could have been worse.
However, people below me in the towns of Hattiesburg, Laurel, Biloxi, Gulfport, all of which are in Mississippi (I"m in Meridian,MS btw) had it much worse, and are still without anything.
New Orleans, Louisiana was destroyed, or flooded out. Refugees from that major city are now here in my small town of Meridian,MS by the thousands, and when I say thousands, I mean thousands.
We're running out of gas here, the gas prices are surging at a rapid rate, we're experiencing a high crime rate at the moment, and it's just a total mess.
However, things can now go somewhat back to normal with everyone having power, or most of us having it anyway. There's still some spots where the poles haven't been replaced yet, but should be done today.
I've never been so happy to see a TV, and a computer before. It's an amazing thing. I can now run my water again, take showers, eat good hot food, etc...
These things, I've learned, are taken for granted by just about everyone, this, I will never do again.
I thank God for my life most of all though, I made it through it, didn't loose any friends or family, and my house and job are still here.
So, I'm back again, thought some of you might be wondering. Take care, talk to you all again soon