Ground Zero: Rescued
It is informative and moving while providing a few stories of individuals during the clean up/recovery time that you may have not learned of before.
Stan accidentally flooded a town by crashing a boat into a beaver dam. The press estimated the death toll "in the tens of millions, which is significant in this town of 8,000." Furthermore, though some initially blamed the flooding on W, they settled on blaming global warming, which caused everyone to run around in circles screaming, "we didn't listen!!!" Excellent.That'll take me through the rest of the day with a smile!
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin received a less-than-warm reception from evacuees being sheltered in Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport.When a La politician answers you with a 'slight grin', run people - RUN FAST.
Nagin, who has been criticized for failing to move out many of his city's impoverished black residents before Hurricane Katrina struck Aug. 29, made Shreveport the first stop on his tour of American Red Cross shelters throughout Louisiana, including Monroe and Alexandria.
"I want to hear from them, find out what their needs are and get information to help them get back to New Orleans," he said.
What Nagin heard was a large dose of skepticism from evacuees concerning his ability to revive their city and bring them back.
New Orleans evacuee Avery Johnson left the building Wednesday to avoid hearing the mayor speak. "I just refuse to listen to any more lies. You hear them from FEMA, you hear them from Red Cross and I just didn't want to hear it from him."
Nagin's visit gave him the opportunity to hear firsthand some of the anger and frustration felt by displaced New Orleans residents. He met with them behind closed doors about 30 minutes before allowing the media entrance into the building.
With Nagin standing before the roughly 145 evacuees, one man asked where he would live after 18 months when his FEMA trailer expires. "We are working on that, too," Nagin replied with a slight grin.
Julius "Catfish" Holley lost his home in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, which was flooded by Katrina and again by Hurricane Rita three weeks later. He was rescued from his roof after Katrina, when his house was covered in 14 feet of water.
Holley described Nagin's visit as "political propaganda."
"Yes, the city has electricity, but not in the houses," he said. "They have water, but it has to be inspected before it's turned on. There are no grocery stores, no gas stations and no transportation in the 9th Ward.
"So why in the hell should we go back? It's nothing to go back for."