Mr. Wake

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Location: Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Katrina

Mom, sister, and dog are OK. They went to Lafayette, Lousiana and are staying with some family friends. They got out before the highways became gridlocked. Lafayette is only a few hours away, but they got so little rain that they had to water the lawn today.

We are not optimisitc about their house. It`s located about a mile from Lake Pontchartrain. It's not in the area where the levee broke, but that may not matter so much anymore. They've been told that they'll be able to go home on Monday, but will not be allowed to stay there. Without drinking water and electricity, there's no reason to. Since we don't know the shape of the house, we don't know if it's weeks, months, years, ever, that they will live there or what stuff will be salvageable. But they can stay where they are as long as they need, and have been invited to stay with friends and family from all over, including Japan.

Watching CNN is maddening. Some parts of the city always flood, and some parts never do. So seeing water up to the roof and boats in the streets is not that shocking in itself. Since the CNN correspondants don't know the area, they can't tell us where they are. Also, the water level is rarely commented upon. A two foot flood in my old neighborhood is nothing new; a five foot flood is a disaster. Blitzer tends to drone on and on repeating the obvious, showing the same video clips. But the CNN shows like Anderson Cooper ,etc. that have to gather together material for a coherant story are useful.

The internet is awesome. This guy has great stuff and everyone is linking to him, though he is not actually anywhere near the city. And this story choked me up. There was a story on CNN about a guy blogging from his office downtown, but I can't find the URL. But there is still no specific information on neighborhoods because anyone still there can't communicate. NOLA.com has a message board but all people do is ask questions. No one knows anything.

In other news, I hada birthday and got some weird stuff. That's what I was going to blog about, but Kat sort of overshadowed things.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Kelly Cook said...

Wake,

I'm so glad to hear your family is okay. Chris and I have been thinking about you and hoping your family was able to evacuate. If there's anything we can do, please let us know. Our number is (918)743-8024, and our email is kc74112(at)cox(dot)net. It's really just unimaginable what's going on down there...even after watching it on the news for days, I can't believe it. Just know that we're thinking about you and your family. Again, if there's anything we can do, let us know.

Kelly

4:01 AM, September 01, 2005  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wake,
I've been hoping your mother would call - please let her know I'd love to hear from her in Fort Worth. I've been worried...
Lisa Staples

9:50 AM, September 01, 2005  
Blogger Dotti said...

hey wake. i'm a heel. i've been thinking about you all non stop, and checked her to make sure everyone was ok, but i'm just not telling you as much. anyway. i'm sure you're hearing it from all over the world ... but this one is from norman, home of dog-joys, and i'm so relieved that everyone's at least physically alright. let us know if there's anything a coupla jackass okies can do.

1:01 AM, September 09, 2005  
Blogger Alicia Bennett said...

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I'll come by again.

Regards,

Hurricane Katrina in pictures

9:56 PM, March 06, 2006  

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