Auryn24' coworkers just before the helipcopter finally lifted them out of hell.
I keep thinking I'll write about something besides the hurricane. After all, I am thousands of miles away and not materially affected. What right have I got to litter the internet with this stuff? But I can't get the stories out of my mind. Here, I am just going to point to a few that are haunting me.
From "autryn24," an account of survival inside Methodist New Orleans East Hospital where she worked as a nurse.
On the night the storm hit:
That was before things got bad.
Two days later, still without any sign of rescue:
Read the whole story. She got out, but her life is a shambles.
From Robert Davis, a USA Today reporter, writing about "Treating those left behind," in the New Orleans Convention Center:
Again, read the whole thing.
And then there are the evacuees who have lost everything, not only their homes and belongings, but also the web of community connections that keep us going wherever we live. Though they may be getting an effusive welcome now, how long is that going to continue? Today's New York Times has a good story on the New Orleans diaspora:
More to read.
Finally, the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe rightly terrifies all of us who have to wonder whether we might be the next to suffer the penury and neglect of a government whose purpose seems to be to enrich Bush cronies. For those of us in California, Louis Uchitelle examines the condition of the Sacramento River delta levees. This, too, is not a happy story.