Mostly Cajun hit hard by Rita
One of my favorite bloggers is Mostly Cajun, who hails from Southern Louisiana. Cajun is an outstanding writer who can tell a story and make a point, and make you feel like you’re right there with him. (I even enjoy his political rants from over on the Republican side of the aisle.) His day job is fixing high-voltage electrical equipment, keeping the wheels of industry all around Louisiana and Texas turning so us Yankees can drive our cars and stay warm in the winter, among other things. He’s an archetype of my preference for people who can do things.
Oh yeah, I said “Southern Louisiana”. He evacuated as hurricane Rita approached. And what happened after that is staggering to think about:
“… smoke was pouring out of my house. I called 9-1-1 to report the fire. After I finished reporting, I ran to the house to see if I could break in windows to let out my cats, but the smoke and the fierce heat coming off the building were so much that I couldn’t get within a few yards.
The local fire department responded very fast, but when they got there, the community water system was dry, killed by Hurrican Rita. They called for assistance from several nearby fire departments who transported water in, but the house was a total loss.
Did you ever think about what you lose? Four loyal pets, irreplaceable. Itty, Splot, Mollie, Callie, my four cats, Mom and Dad’s photo albums, photos of the past 80 years. My library books I’d acquired over the past twenty-odd years. My gun collection, Personal papers, On and on and on; All gone. Devastation is an over-used word. I use it here…”
- Mostly Cajun, Still alive, but battered. Click the link to go read the whole post.
To try to grasp the feelings of one person who has lost so much – there’s no way to scale it up in your head when you look at aerial photos of whole areas destroyed, thousands of homes.
Writing from a coffee shop hot zone, he credits the people in his company, and his neighbors and friends with support and help. There is not much I can do from Illinois except send my best wishes. Take care, Cajun; we’re all rooting for you.