"Prepare for the worst, but hope for the best," was the mantra in Louisiana prior to Hurricane Gustav making landfall in Houma, La. The Category 2 storm made it's presence known in the entire state of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and now Arkansas. Thank God the hurricane lost some of it's strength, along the way and was a fast mover. Until today, that is. Gustav stalled out and continues to pound several states with torrential rain and occasional tornadoes.
We were so blessed, here in Lafayette. Many homes here, did not lose power, and the hub city only had sprinkles, today. But, many of our neighbors were not so lucky and and will take a long while to repair and rebuild. But surely with neighbor helping neighbor and families helping families, they will rebuild and take the lessons learned from Hurricane Gustav and apply them.
New Orleans was spared and the levees held thanks to many brave souls who through teamwork and determination, piled on the sandbags! But, more rain is expected in the cresent city. New Iberia has many flooded areas and St. Mary parish, home to many of my ancestors, bore the brunt of the damage. As anyone living along the gulf coast knows, hurricanes are a part of life, here. But, the strong , courageous people, who call Louisiana their home wouldn't want to live anywhere else.
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