Thank you, everyone who has been asking about how we handled the storm. Our family is safe. That's all that matters. Friends have lost bits and pieces of their things, but it's just stuff, they are safe. Those we know who live in or near Lake Charles all evacuated in time, with one exception. A young doctor stayed behind to care for patients in the hospital who were too sick to move. What a hero!
Everyone lost power. But slowly, the power is coming back on, and not a moment too soon. It is HOT in Louisiana in August! Yesterday and today the temps got up to the high 90s with heat advisories because the heat index is easily over 108 degrees.
I can't imagine how these linemen are working in this heat. Just being outside in shorts and a tee-shirt is difficult. They have to wear all manner of protective gear, heavy climbing boots, hardhats and thick rubber/leather gloves. Heroes. Every one.
The destruction that Hurricane Laura left behind on the Louisiana coastline is shocking. Coming ashore as a Cat 4, with a water surge of 15 feet, it was a horribly devastating hurricane with a death count of 16.
There are no quilts tonight. One reason is that without internet, I haven't been pinning, but the real reason is that it just doesn't feel appropriate. People are hurting--physically, emotionally, psychologically. Let's give them a little more time to heal. What you can do to help is to give to the American Red Cross and to pray for a quick, safe recovery while we watch four additional systems, three of which are expected to come into the Gulf.
All images from Google images unless otherwise noted.