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Old Aug 29, 2005, 08:22 PM   #1
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I'm posting this to ask all my fellow Beatlelinkers for good thoughts and prayers. My brother David and his wife, who live in Biloxi, Mississippi, were right in the path of Hurricane Katrina. My mother heard from him this morning before all the phone service and electricity went out, and they had chosen (foolishly, I think, but that's neither here nor there now) to ride the storm out in his father in law's home, just a few blocks from the beach.

Last thing my mother heard this morning, they were on the second floor of the house because there was 5-8 feet of water in the first floor. They were there with David's father in law Kenny, Kenny's two elderly siblings, and two of my sister in law's sibs, as well as at least three other families from the same block whose houses weren't high enough for them to escape the flood. I have no idea exactly how many people are in the house or how much, if any, clean water, food, etc., they have. I know they are in dire straits -- the governor of Mississippi was on CNN tonight saying he didn't know when the rescue crews would be able to get through to the hardest hit areas to see if anyone rode out the storm safely.

My brother and his wife have lost everything -- they were living in a one-story cottage on his father in law's property while having a house built. It has been flooded and the roof is gone. All their clothes are gone. All their posessions from 16 years of marriage are gone. Their computers are gone. Both of their cars are gone. The house they were having built in a nearby suburb that was nearing completion is gone and is probably going to have to be written off as a total loss. My brother recently started a new job working for the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi, and today was supposed to be opening day -- he may not even have a job when this is all over, if the devastation they are reporting is to be believed.

I'm extremely worried right now -- no one has heard from them since this morning, and the full brunt of the storm hadn't hit yet at that point. None of us can reach anyone, all the phone lines and emergency numbers are out. We don't even know if the house survived the storm. Please, everyone, send good thoughts and prayers their way, and for everyone else touched by this catastrophe. (And I will also say that our own Kat and Sleepy are in my thoughts as well, as they live in Louisiana, as well as my friend Bruce Spizer, who lives in New Orleans.)

I will keep you updated as soon as I know anything, but now we don't know when we will get any information, but your thoughts and prayers will mean a lot to me and my parents and the rest of my family.
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Old Aug 29, 2005, 08:41 PM   #2
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I've been praying and chanting since last night.

I sincerely hope everyone is safe. My best friend's brother, who is really just the sweetest guy ever, lives in New Orleans. Last I heard he was leaving the city, but that was late last night.

When Katrina was still a tropical storm, I giggled about it, because Katrina just happens to be my given name. I never even thought it would turn into a hurricane. Now there's just nothing cute about it at all.

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Old Aug 29, 2005, 08:48 PM   #3
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Your family is definitely in my prayers Susan, we are expecting quite a bit of rain, high winds etc; in my area for a couple of days along with tornado possibilities...

To top that all off a rail car sitting by some homes(all by itself?) today here in my city started spewing toxic plastic gases hundreds of feet in the air, nearly a 1000 people were evacuated from their homes, along with 74 business' shut down, curfews are in effect for the affected area( several miles from me ) police and fire are all on duty, Red Cross is here, along with all types of government agency's, schools in the area are closed, they are using a very large church right now to house those evacuated, now this weather heading our way, the good thing will be the rain, to help keep those gases down...
My thoughts and prayers also go to those people who initially had a great amount of exposure to the toxic leak.
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Old Aug 29, 2005, 09:25 PM   #4
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Oh Susan, I hope all will be okay with with you brother, his family and their friends. Sorry to hear that they've lost so much. Prayers will be said, of course.


Nancy, I hope the people in your area are okay, too.

Kat and Sleepy, if/when you read this, please let us know how you're doing.
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I have only recently begun to comprehend the magnitude of this storm. I think everything will turn out in the end. Humans have an amazing ability to recover and rebuild.
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My thoughts and prayers for all who suffering this tornado.

Hope all Blinkers are ok !
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Old Aug 30, 2005, 04:17 AM   #8
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and they had chosen (foolishly, I think, but that's neither here nor there now) to ride the storm out in his father in law's home, just a few blocks from the beach.

We might just have simliar views on this.

My prayers go out to your brother and his family, to my brother-in-law who lives in Waveland, MS and all the other people that are going through this.

My brother-in-law gathered up his family and many belongings and left the state so I know they are safe..not sure if they will have a home to go back to.
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Old Aug 30, 2005, 06:30 AM   #9
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Yes, Pinky, we do indeed have similar views on this. When we spoke to my brother before the storm and suggested that they leave, he said, "Kenny doesn't believe in leaving, the family rode out Camille, we don't leave." Well, I'm sorry, but that's about the f'n STUPIDEST thing I have ever heard...a category 4 or 5 hurricane is coming your way, you freakin' LEAVE. My mom said "well, what would they have come back to?" but my feeling is, if you are going to lose all your material things anyway, at least save your LIFE.

Your brother in law was very smart, Pinky, and my brother was extremely stupid. I am angry as hell that they could all be so absolutely moronic after all the stories of people who try to ride out such storms and what happened to them, and think that they could be stronger than mother nature. And I will be honest and say that I am frightened as hell.

We haven't heard a thing since yesterday morning when he called with the info before the power went out. They're saying Biloxi is under 20 feet of water as far as six miles inland, Kenny's house is less than a mile from the beach. The governor of MS says he doesn't know when help will get to people there, they can't get anyone in. 50 people are already confirmed dead in Biloxi. We don't even know if the roof of Kenny's house held up or what is happening and have no way of finding out. We can't reach anyone at all -- not even the other members of my sister in law's family who live in Atlanta and Knoxville. (The remnants of the storm are affecting them now, that surely has something to do with it.)

I will keep you apprised. Thanks everyone for the prayers and good thoughts.
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I'll definitely keep your family in my prayers. Please keep us posted if you hear anything.
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I'll keep your family in my prayers, Susan. I've read a lot of stories in the paper about people who didn't leave. I don't know, if the mayor's saying there's a mandatory evacuation, you better leave! But people didn't listen. Possessions can be replaced (in time), but your life cannot be replaced. It's a shame these people did not listen and leave.
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Oh Susan, still no news, I am sorry! I am keeping them in my prayers...
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oh! i´ve being listening about all of this at the news...it´s horrible..all my prayers are with you and your family!!
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New Orleans flooded......omg.....

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The wife and I have been watching CNN for the last little while and the reports that keep coming out are just incredible. It's almost hard to fathom the destruction that has occured.

Susan, we here have our fingers crossed and are hoping that your Brother and his relatives down there are safe and sound. Hopefully you will hear from them soon.

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My thoughts are with you and your family Susan, as well as everyone hit by this hurricaine. I hope your brother and his family are safe.
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Kat and Sleepy, if/when you read this, please let us know how you're doing.
Sleepy and I are alright. Katrina did not make it up to us. She began heading NE by the time she hit land.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this hurricane, especially Susan's brother and his family.
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GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!

My mother got through to Lowana's sister Lisa in Atlanta, and she had gotten a text message from their other sister in Biloxi. Everyone is safe!

Right after my mom spoke to Lisa, my brother managed to get a call through. They are all safe, the house and cottage and eight vehicles are a total loss, as are the belongings they had in a storage locker. A cousin who lives 20 miles north had virtually no damage (miraculously) and so they are all going to go to his house, where they will probably have to sleep on the floor for a month or so, but they are all okay.

One thing that did come out of this -- Kenny, David's father in law, has said that he is going to leave Biloxi for good now. He's 74 years old, this was too much for him. Mom said that David and Lowana are considering much of the same, they aren't sure what happened to the house that was being built, but they are considering writing it off and moving someplace further from the coast. It's just something they will have to deal with as the next few months pass.

Thank you all SO MUCH for your kind words, prayers and thoughts. It means more than you will ever know. I knew I could count on Beatlelinkers, the best people on the planet!
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