Looking Back at the Storms

Looking back now, I can remember things that kind of slipped my mind. They really never went away, but I don’t have them always in my dreams anymore. As the anniversary comes around, I think it needs to be put back into the spotlight. Katrina was the most destructive national disaster to happen to the U.S. and not long after, Rita came and ripped up the same state. The memories will never leave the minds of our citizens. I Think back to our local authorities going into New Orleans to rescue people as the Federal Gov. said they could not get in there, and it was closed off.

I also remember that sweet little girl at the Houma Civic Center that offered to let me use her coloring book with her. She was the sweetest lil girl, and in the midst of this horror, she wanted to share what she had. I went there to help, and I saw that these brothers and sisters from another city loved us like we loved them. One strong woman was actually named Katrina, and she was interviewed on the local TV station. What a woman!!

The National Guard Troops were not long out of Iraq, and they were in high spirits. Some of these young soldiers were so cool and helpful. When I walked up, I asked if they knew the person I was looking for. After talking a few minutes, I questioned if they were being taken care of while in my hometown. There was of course, the usual jokes about the Marines from these Army fellows. One funny guy yelled “Hey Marine, I thought we left you in Bagdad since you guys come in late?” OH so you wanna go there do you? LOL. So I just told him that the Marines are the first in, and you don’t think those damned BBQ pits were put there by the Iraqis?

After all this chaos, the ones that were left, had to relocate because Rita came and destroyed the very place that those people came to seek refuge. Coffins came floating away, and life as we knew it, ceased to exist. Forget? Never!! And as that day comes, we in Louisiana know it will bring back memories. Yet we will survive, and live on with or without help.

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5 Responses to Looking Back at the Storms

  1. Ginny in CO says:


    I think this anniversary and the revisiting will be very important. The difference in the disaster and trauma from 9/11, the difference in the response. Some of the issues that went by in sort of a fog because it was overwhelming, horrible, unbelievable.

    Like the memories that have come back to you, many of us will probably see things in the videos that we will remember seeing then – without really absorbing it.

    The other piece will hopefully be covered as thoroughly:
    the status of rebuilding. The stories of success, failure and quagmire. After a year, how much has been done, what is left in limbo and why.

    There’s an interesting article in the magazine I was reading the other night. It is on getting over traumatic experiences and how they can strengthen us.

    One neurologist is quoted that as far as 9/11:

    “”We’re a frozen culture,” says author and neurologist Robert Scaer. “The country is traumatized and dissociated.”

    I still think Katrina shocked us out of the dissociation from 9/11 and gave us a new trauma. But this time, a lot of people did not dissociate as much. The trauma was different, maybe a little easier to heal since the war and fear mongering didn’t follow it.

    I am hoping that the anniversary shows will help us get a better focus on what happened, why and what needs to be done. Even though I don’t expect as good a job as we need from the MSM, it should be enough to see through the fog.

  2. “The trauma was different, maybe a little easier to heal since the war and fear mongering didn’t follow it.”

    Now I have to take issue with this. The horror of watching this on TV, compared to living it, cannot be shared by people that were not here. They did not have to live it. They did not have to watch their ancestors float away. They did not have to see with their own eyes, the shame of this nation. And they did not have to see the faces that I saw at the Civic center.

    A memory that will never leave me. Everyone down here, is going to remember this forever. The diff. is that this Marine knows what it is to be in a trauma state. I left to the Marines after the burial of a murdered brother that was missing for 14 months. We buried him and I showed up three days after for bootcamp.

    I know about bad memories, and this will never go away. I learned to deal with my brother, and this kinda replaced it.

  3. Ginny in CO says:


    Sorry that was a little unclear. I meant the national trauma -of those of us watching- may have been easier to heal than watching 9/11. (It was a natural disaster – not an intentional act against us, fearful in a different way because the intentional act can be repeated very quickly).

    Although one of the studies of the 9/11 post trauma found that some people who watched had as much of a traumatic reaction as those at the WTC, it is probably because of individual sensitivity issues.

    Some people would laugh at the idea of a whole nation being traumatized over WTC, but it has been well accepted and discussed at scientific levels. It is part of what JK was up against in the ’04 election – and why the fear mongering from BushCo was so effective. It closely followed the tactics of psy-ops in getting a person into mental/emotional dependency to another.

    The people who lived through Katrina and Rita are going to be in the same category as vets or other direct victims. The percentages and the degree of disruption will be high and significant.

  4. Donnie

    When we look back to Katrina nearly one year ago, we here at the Dem Daily have to see the shining light that came to us via the catastrophe… you. 🙂

  5. Ginny,

    Thanks for clearing that up. Do you remember the post I did that time on the graves washing away? That was the kinda of thing that just kept the images alive in us.


    Thank You!! I do feel at home here.