Thursday, March 02, 2006

My Neighborhood



These are pictures of places in my neighborhood. I took the pictures yesterday, March 1, six months after Katrina.
The top left picture is the green space down the block from our home. It was a pine grove. Top right picture is a genuine FEMA trailer in front of a neighbor's damaged home. The third is a "blue roof" home showing the tarps used by the Army Corp of Engineers to protect homes, temporarily. I don't know why this neighbor hasn't gotten a new roof. Most likely, their insurance company is being a Big Poot.
Yesterday, when I tried to load these photos and more, I couldn't get them up on the Blogesphere.
I heard a piece on NPR yesterday about the older people who've died since the storm. The commentator made the point that these deaths are storm-related although not counted in the statistics. Older adults who've evacuated to new places and who do not have the "umph" to re-build lives in the storm area, die.
Not everyone, thank God, but one of the interviewees counted 38 deaths among her friendship group since August 29, 2005.

St. C.

10 comments:

Songbird said...

My heart hurts to hear these things, even though I already know how true they are.

Quotidian Grace said...

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Emily said...

Between Iraq and Katrina, I wonder how many hidden hurts and traumas we have in our nation, how much grief and confusion are we living with as a body?

seawitch said...

It hurts so much to be losing so many of our elderly. The face of my mother tells the story of what Katrina has done to their spirits. I cannot pick-up the paper anymore. Like you, I see this day after day. Some of my neighbors are still in the process of dismantling their homes. There's nothing much you can say to them as their worldly possessions are dragged to the street corner to be picked up.

The wind damage to the homes on my street was pretty bad.

G-d give us the strength and courage to get us through this.

jo(e) said...

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cheesehead said...

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peripateticpolarbear said...

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Aola said...

I, also, saw the report about the deaths of the elderly 6 months after, caused by the stress of Katrina.

It is all just so sad.

Friday Mom said...

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Lorna said...

hurting and grieving with you St. C