The New Normal

This blog is a running account of what it’s like in Slidell post-Katrina.  I really identify with her POV.  Even if you were lucky and your house isn’t zapped, our town is zapped.  1/2 of it really wiped out.  Our friends, families, businesses.  Fuses & tempers short.  Frustration.  Traffic.  Hassles.  Too little insurance payout.  Moving & relocation.  Shortages.  It’s going to take all of us pulling together.  We’re all in it together.

Here’s a snippet from this blog:  

Four Weeks after Katrina

It is hard to believe so much time has passed. For most people, every day is the same. It is another day past Katrina. It is hard to remember the day of the week or the date. It does not mean the same thing here.

Today has been a good day for me. Two wonderful things have happened. All of my trash has been picked up. It was piled high at the street - next to all the tree debris. Finally, four weeks of garbage, spoiled food and other refuse finally gone. One less reminder of a city struck down. I am lucky. Many people have not yet had trash service. As I move my cans back, I check my mail box. I have mail! I cannot believe it. It is the first time that I have received my bills at my house. The post office in town flooded and all the mail trucks. We have had to stand in long lines at the post office – waiting in turn to show an ID in order to get mail. The traffic to the smaller operational post office on the west side of town backs up, creating road jams.

Traffic here continues to be a large problem. A twenty-minute drive on the interstate to the town to the west takes 1-½ hours. Going to the town twenty minutes to the east in practically unthinkable. There is little left. No one knows why traffic is so bad, there is no local news coverage on the television (for those who have TV services) and I have yet see a print copy of the local paper.

I listened to a woman today, speaking through tears , about the south side of Slidell. It has been completely destroyed. Half my town – gone. So many people are homeless – so many are frustrated with insurance problems and the enormous task of meeting their family’s basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. Security is a big issue. The future is a scary question. It is ground zero – and we are not alone. St. Bernard is gone, New Orleans is hurt bad, and the Mississippi coast, still almost imcomprehnsible for me to grasp that an entire coastline is gone.

266 Responses to “The New Normal”

  1. Jean Tyrone Says:

    FYI to Anchorage Apt tenants in Slidell: Must have everything out by Oct 1, per security guard at checkpoint. I went back a few days ago to retrieve a few things. It’s so sad-everything along Hwy 11 gone, even Winn-Dixie and Pontchartrain Fresh Foods and Walgreen’s. Saw a little progress in cleanup at the marina and Anchorage parking lot. I am still in mourning for the whole town. It’s the friendliest town I’ve ever lived in, in my 63 years. I want to return. I was able to get disaster unemployment-it only took 45 min at the Covington office on 09/28/05. Best of luck to all.

  2. Amanda Says:

    I am looking for a contact number for my old apartment manager - Jerry from Royal Eden III 4660 Pontchartrain dr on highway 11. Any thoughts on if they will bulldoze the place. Time limit on when I may have to have everything out???

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