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Around the Felicianas for Sept. 8, 2021 | East Feliciana – New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana 2021-09-07 03:00:00 –

Life in South Louisiana is told through the story of hurricanes and each storm.

I grew up hearing the names Camille and Audrey. I read and heard about people who lost their way by staying behind or overcoming a storm tied to trees. I saw a hole in a row of buildings on a beach in Mississippi.

I was a toddler of Betsy. Those stories are still what I was told.

I know I survived the storm at my grandparents’ house on Sullivan Road in Central. I know people were looking at me. My grandparents talked about how people bring everyone’s deep freezer to church and keep it.

Many other storms were scattered in my growth.

When I was in college, my parents moved to New Orleans. Labor Day weekend was my first holiday to “home” to New Orleans. However, a few days before departure, I was told not to go home for Hurricane Elena. But the storm changed, and I made it, I only had to evacuate a few days later because the hurricane changed. Then I returned to college in central Louisiana with the remnants of Elena.

Andrew is the first big person I remember. I was fired from a job in western Texas. When Andrew struck the coast of Louisiana, I moved to my parents’ house near the Arkansas Line. The night I drove in Texas was surreal. Every time I stopped by, I saw a long line of people calling for shelter.

A truck approaching Texas on Interstate Highway 20 waited at a weighing station and was backed up for miles.

At this point, my little white Toyota Tercel was the only vehicle heading east on the I-20.

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My Texas friend panicked when I was about to leave that night. I kept joking that I had to go there for a hurricane party. West Texas people can’t get a sense of life in the Louisiana party.

If I had stayed for a day, I would have been hit by thunderstorms all over Texas.

My next big hurricane was Katrina — so many are still trying to recover — followed by Gustav three years later. So many personal stories around those seasons, as most of you do.

We are all in different places when people clean up again. It takes power to get home. (Well, I also need to clean the garden.)

Others need home repairs, food and everything. But we know that people in this area can jump in and help. We have already seen it. Well, except for gas stations. For many, gas seems to be the trigger.

Please pay attention over the next few months. Help me do what I can do anytime, anywhere. If you need help, ask people. Please note the process described in the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Small and Medium Business Administration media.

Be careful to know what kind of business or service was opened. By the time this is done, most parts of the north of Baton Rouge will be back to normal. But there is still a pandemic.

Be kind to each other when fighting through all recovery.

News and events in the Parish of East Feliciana and the Parish of West Feliciana extra@theadvocate.com Please call by noon on Friday or (225) 388-0731.



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