This has been a harrowing time for many people who keep journals. And those of us who consider them our friends.
Sam, our j-land friend from Georgia LINK HERE
has relatives from both sides of his family in Louisiana. It was touch
and go, but it looks like everyone is safe. If you have time to send
him good wishes, you may want to email him at gaboatman or stop by his
Here's some of the note he sent to me right after Katrina hit:
I didn't comment today. My heart just wasn't into it. Both sides of my family are from Louisiana although I have never lived in that state.
Mom's side of the family is the
Southern Louisiana half of the family with most of our relatives living
in and around Franklinton, La. Franklinton is about 75 or 80
miles north of New Orleans. My father's kin all live in the
northeastern part of the state in Winfield, Louisiana.
My sister moved to Slidell several
years ago. They have/had a home just northwest of Slidell on the
Pearl River. A nice house with a boat dock, swimming pool and big
They keep a boat on Lake
Ponchartrain. All of my sister's husband's family live in New
Orleans. She and her husband both work in New Orleans.
There is one saving grace to all of
this. My sister is in the Army Reserve and is assigned to active
duty at Ft. Polk, Louisiana which is five hours north of New Orleans.
Her husband went to stay in Franklinton at my first cousin's house so
he was not in the area when the storm hit. He and everyone in
Franklinton are okay and alive.
We are waiting to hear if ANY of my sister's house is left or if the boat is still there.
There are so many going through
this tragedy right now that are so far worse off than my family, I know
that my closest family members are safe this morning and have shelter,
what I don't know is if my sister has anything left of her house.
The last report I received last night on the condition of Slidell is
that the entire town is under water and that the water in some
neighborhoods is up over the roofs. But they are alive! I
am so thankful!
We wish you and your family well, Sam. Keep us posted.