Katrina-10th Anniversary Thoughts Before, During & After Aug 25, 2015 16:52:23 GMT -6 mrjamie, SKYSUMMIT, and 1 more like this
Post by mgc on Aug 25, 2015 16:52:23 GMT -6
I knew we were in for it when Katrina kept moving WSW while moving through the Everglades. As every hour progressed Katrina moved even more outside the cone. I remember being up early Sunday morning when the hurricane started to rapidly intensify. Up to cat-4 with the next special advisory. Got woke up early Sunday morning by my mother-in-law screaming "its a Cat-5 you gotta go." What could be worst? Getting woke up by the smoke detector. We had discussed the possibility of evacuating Saturday evening but put that off. Sunday morning that all changed. We packed up all the important stuff and were out the door by noon. We were headed to Florida. We decided to take highway 90 east along the Mississippi Coast. There was no traffic. Spouse told me to take a good look at everything as we drove along the highway cause it will likely be gone in 12 hours. Sadly he was right. We spent the next three days in Crestview Florida, glued to the TV, not believing what we saw. Finally by Wednesday we could not stand it any more and had to get home to see if we had a house to return to. I live south of the tracks in Pass Christian. I remember crossing the tracks and seeing a house blocking the road ahead. It kind of looked like the house that crushed the wicked witch. We had to park and walk, ducking under uprooted trees. To our surprise, our house was still in one piece with amazingly little damage. My neighbor's home roof was in our backyard. We decided to walk down to the beach after checking our home. There was a debris pile 10-15 feet high that formed a wall running parallel to the beach. A bulldozer must have cut a path though it along the street. Everything south of the debris pile was gone save the slabs. Over the next several days, we would drive down from my in laws house and clear debris in the yard. By Friday, the stench of the bodies trapped in the debris started to become unbearable. In about 3 1/2 weeks power was restored, we didn't get water for several months, when the trees were uprooted they ripped up the water and sewer lines. We lived on bottled water till nearly Christmas. Katrina is something I never want to experience again.