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Thursday, September 01, 2005

What is happening in Louisiana, Mississippi and elsewhere in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is a disaster of almost unimaginable proportions.
Flooding from Tropical Storm Agnes nearly destroyed the city of Wilkes-Barre back in 1972. I was 4 years old then. I watched on TV from my safe, dry house in Nanticoke as boats ran through the flooded streets of Wilkes-Barre rescuing the people who had hoped that they could wait out the storm. I visited a relative's house weeks afterwards and saw the ghostly imprints of book covers on the ceiling - the dye from the cloth covers had stained the plaster ceiling as the water pressed the books against it.
It took the better part of four years to bring Wilkes-Barre back.
I thought New Orleans would be something like Wilkes-Barre on a larger scale. It isn't. The water is deeper. It isn't receding. The damage is far greater. Many, many more people have died.
Please help. Please do what you can.

1 comment:

Super G said...

Donated earlier today. They don't throw the word "disaster" around without meaning. Truly sad.

However, I'm glad you're back posting.