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17 years ago

We are very lucky to live in Gretna, a ’burb of New Orleans that is protected by a different levee system than the one that broke in the city. We suffered from zero flooding. None at all. That is the big difference between the ‘West Bank’ and the ‘East Bank’ of the greater New Orleans area.

The actual city of New Orleans is on the East Bank (actually to the north of the river, but “east of the Mississippi”) and that is where everything fell apart.

The Gretna Police and Fire departments did a truly amazing job of stopping looting. Those heroes have been working 20 hour days, catching naps in their cars, sleeping in homes without water or electricity for two weeks. The National Guard is now giving them a break. They were amazing and I intend to do something to thank them when Gretna is back up and running.

All of you have been fantastic. Thank you so very, very much. It is wonderful to know that I am part of such a wonderful community of people.

— F

17 years ago

Thats wonderful news, Frank and Gretchen. So happy for you. Wish I were in San Antonio. 🙁

17 years ago

As soon as things are worked out, I intend to start a fund raiser at FM for Frank. I’ve been watching here, his blog, and FM for word. I would like a PayPal link that goes directly to him, but I realize that might not be possible if he’s not prepared for it.

I can’t even imagine how horrible this must be. I have gone through one flood that destroyed about half of what I owned, and another one nearly destroyed my parent’s house. But in those cases the floods mostly disappeared soon after they came. It took days to pump the water out of my parent’s basement. It was completely filled. With those memories and all the piles of ruined ‘things’ I can only try to imagine how awful this is.

17 years ago

Oh, tambo, delicious! I’ll be looking for that one.

17 years ago

I have an ARC for Threads I’m happy to donate to the Frank Fundraiser, along with whatever else I can.

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