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Yes, I Am Alive and … September 28, 2008

Posted by dianehuhn in Bayou Bound, Hurricanes, Relief Work.
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Americorp volunteers after a long day of gutting.

Americorp volunteers after a long day of gutting.

 

 

Yes, I am alive and kicking. Well, maybe not kicking, but alive. I arrived on the Bayou 11 days ago. I think it was 11 days ago. It feels like 11 weeks ago, so I can’t be too sure. I wish that I could provide a synopsis of the last week and a half, but I don’t think that’s possible. It would be easier to tell you what I haven’t done, than tell you what I have done. At this point, I can only tell you of a few of the tasks that I have completed since many of my activities are just a blur. A few of these tasks have included unloading hundreds of boxes of supplies, assisting in the preparation of thousands of Red Cross meals, delivering dozens of truckloads of food, diapers, formula, medical supplies, cleaning kits, and clothing, coordinating hundreds of work orders and several volunteer teams to tarp roofs and gut homes, trucking tools and supplies to the teams, and, well, a hundred other things that I just can’t even recall anymore.

 

 

  

My brain and body are completely fried and I’m running on fumes. Thought I might be able to take a day, or even a half a day for myself today to get some laundry done, clean up and organize my new home on wheels, and get some other sundry personal items taken care of since my Americorp team is taking the day off, but I guess there’s no rest for the weary. We’ve got a bunch of folks coming in to help people with their FEMA registrations, and apparently I’m supposed to take some of them out on a work site.

I’ve wanted to get some information up on this site, but I have had very limited Internet access, and probably will continue to have limited access for the near future. So, I’m so sorry this is such a short post in comparison to everything that I want to tell you about, but it’s the best I can do with the 15 minutes I can spare at the moment. Please, please, please stay tuned as I have so much to share once I can get in to a routine and secure more consistent Internet access.

I’ve barely had time to take photos, but you can see a few that I’ve been able to snap here 

Sorry the formatting on this post is messed up, but no time to figure it out. Anything incoherent, just chalk up to sleep deprivation.

Ike: Devastation on the Bayou September 12, 2008

Posted by dianehuhn in Coastal Restoration, Hurricanes.
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Matt Stamey/Houma Courier

Volunteers try to save the Chauvin Levee. Photo Credit: Matt Stamey/Houma Courier

As Hurricane Ike heads toward the Texas coast, and the eyes of the national media have all their attention focused on that area, please don’t forget about southern Louisiana. The surge from Ike has been, and is continuing to bring mass flooding to Terrebonne and other coastal parishes. Please click the link below to tune in to HTV, one of the only sources that I seem to be able to find that’s reporting what’s happening in this region, and get the word out about this forgotten area.

Link to HTV: http://www.mogulus.com/htvhouma or http://www.kfolkjun.com/htv/WatchNow/tabid/54/Default.aspx

Link to the CNN News Tip site: http://www.cnn.com/feedback/tips/

Contact your elected officials: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

Please visit the Equity and Inclusion Campaign website and click the Take Action button to let your voice be heard. The Equity and Inclusion Campaign is a nonpartisan policy advocacy and public messaging campaign advocating for fulfillment of the federal commitment to confront persistent poverty and inequity during the Gulf Coast recovery and rebuilding process.  The vision for the Equity and Inclusion Campaign is to establish sustainable Gulf Coast communities characterized by economic, social and environmental fairness.  The Campaign is working to effect systemic change so that all people are included, valued and empowered.  The Campaign is an initiative of the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation. 

http://www.equityandinclusion.org/

Matt Stamey/Houma Courier

Photo Credit: Matt Stamey/Houma Courier

Drake Sevin, 13, pulls his grandmother, Mona Sevin, 72, to higher ground with the help of Cyrus Sevin, 84, left and Robert Godwin after walking about a quarter mile through Hurricane Ike floodwaters south of Houma La. on Friday, Sept. 12, 2008. The family decided to walk to the road after water started rising around their home.

Putting communities, and lives, back together after the storm September 5, 2008

Posted by dianehuhn in Coastal Restoration, Hurricanes.
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Please click the link below to read an excellent blog post written by Kate Barron on the Anderson Cooper 360 site. Kate works with Oxfam America as a Community Development Specialist. She’s worked with numerous non-profit organizations throughout southern Louisiana over the past 2 1/2+ years in the recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In her post, Kate recounts some of her recent conversation with Courtney Pellegrin Howell, Director of Bayou Grace Community Services (the organization that I will be working with over the next year as a volunteer.)

Kate does an excellent job of outlining the challenges faced by small coastal communities. Help spread the word regarding the need to provide the lines of defense that are not only critical to protecting this national treasure, but critical to it’s very survival.

http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2008/09/04/putting-communities-and-lives-back-together-after-the-storm/

HTV September 3, 2008

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Information on the Houma area coming in on HTV at http://www.mogulus.com/htvhouma. Signal gets a bit sporadic at times, but a good source of info when up and running.

Information on Pearlington at http://www.pearlington.blogspot.com/.

Bayou Bound: Delayed But Not Deterred September 2, 2008

Posted by dianehuhn in Bayou Bound, Hurricanes.
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Many thanks for all the phone calls and emails enquiring about conditions and needs in Terrebonne Parrish. I don’t have a ton of information to pass along at this point as initial damage assessment is slow going due to numerous downed trees and power lines. Many areas in Terrebonne have limited access even on good days so the full picture is going to take a while to develop. So far I’ve heard of a lot of wind damage, but haven’t heard news of the wide spread flooding that we feared. According to the Houma Courier, Point-aux-Chenes and Isle de Jean Charles does appear to have had some flooding, but specifics are rather limited.

The Bayou Grace team is safe and working to figure out next steps as information begins to come in.

At this point, it appears that residents will not be allowed back in until at least Friday. I hope to arrive some time next week. Stay tuned.

Link to The Courier: http://www.houmatoday.com/