As dawn approaches and a new day awakens, New Orleans, Biloxi, Mobile and much of the north western gulf coast will wake up and begin to go about the task of accessing the damage and beginning repairs.
Hurricane Isaac came no where close to packing the devastating punch Katrina did, nor is it expected to accumulate the massive structural and human cost. However, for those who remained or returned to the area to begin their lives again after Katrina, rising out of the bed the day after Isaac's visit, nearly seven years to the day Katrina made landfall, has to be a bit of a daunting task.
Dr. Tim Lindsey, who moved back to his childhood home of Baton Rouge to start his medical practice in the summer of 2005, talks about what he saw in the immediate aftermath of
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Katrina in a BBC News report. Lindsey recalls, "They'd lost everything. And our little town stepped up" He goes on the tell how doctors were forced at times to perform surgeries on a basketball arena floor and how people were more needy and desperate than he could have ever imagined. Tracy Smith, a former deputy sheriff, tells ABC 13 she was trapped in waist deep floodwaters with nearly 100 inmates in a New Orleans jail for several days after Hurricane Katrina. The experience still haunts her and she told ABC 13 "That's why I was panicked for this storm."
Bonnie Schertler, of Waveland, MS., told ABC 13 she lost her home during Hurricane Katrina. She heard the reports that Isaac could get stronger and stall over the region. That is when she decided to evacuate to her father's home in Red Level, AL. She is quoted as saying "A slow storm can cause a lot more havoc, a lot more long-term power outage, 'cause it can knock down just virtually everything if it just hovers forever,"
Staff Sgt. Scott A. Tynes
The Mississippi National Guard travel through flooded waters in Ocean Springs, MS
Charlotte and Bryan McCrary spent the night in an emergency shelter with their two sons, 3-year-old Tristan and 1-year-old Gabriel. They were forced to spend a year living in a FEMA trailer after Hurricane Katrina destroyed their home and Charlotte has never gone back to the spot the home once stood. Bryan tells News 13"I think what it is, it brings back a lot of bad memories."
Bad memories, fear, apprehension, whatever emotions gulf coast residents are experiencing, the fact remains there is work to be done. NOLA.com reports a levee break near a subdivision at Guste Island in Madisonville LA. Sgt. Sean Beaver of St. Tammany Sheriff Office says the levee break and resulting flood waters forced deputies to resort to jet skis to try and enter the subdivision. High wind gusts and the resulting waves made conditions unsafe for deputies, and they had to call off their search and rescue efforts. The Sheriff's Office was able to make contact with most of the subdivision residents and report that residents are safe, just unable to leave the subdivision due to the flooding.
CNN reports that more than 644,000 are without power in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas as a result of Isaac and an estimated 100 residents in Plaquemines Parish required rescue from flooded homes and rooftops.
The hard work has yet to begin. The job of cleaning up and moving on will be a process. If past history is any example however, the residents of the gulf cost will be hard at work before the sun has much of a chance to break the horizon.