I don’t mean to be sensational with a video like this. I post it for 2 reasons.
First, just to show that the post-storm clean up is just beginning. In some areas, it hasn’t even started. It has been too dangerous to go back yet. East bank of Plaquemines Parish, areas of lower Jefferson Parish, neighborhoods in St. John Parish and others, all still too flooded to return. So people are in limbo, can’t start recovery. Some never will.
Secondly, because of what this gentleman says about the community being so important. We say it’s that way in south Louisiana, but really, it’s that way everywhere. People’s most important, most gut wrenching loss is their people. I felt that way after Katrina, when my best friends were somewhere in north Texas and some in other states – some I didn’t even know. Everyone scatters and tries to keep in touch but it’s never the same. Daily doses of the folks you live to love plucked away. When you need your “posse” the most, they’re all spread out hither and yon, wherever they landed. Stability, gone. Routine gone. Traditions, gone. It’s more than a bunch of houses. People lived there because they grew up there, where their parents grew up, and their parents. And because it’s where their people are. Now the people are not only gone, the place is too ruined to come back.
Community, gone. Start over. Again.