St. Bernard Parish, the location of what I consider my “family home,” has been devastated by multiple floods, starting with Katrina and ending only after Rita. For those of you who are long-time readers, you may remember me describing how difficult it was for my grandfather to receive appropriate care and treatment with the flood coming.
I bring you a few selected updates linked by the St. Bernard Parish official website:
- This Herald Today article summarizes St. Bernard Parish’s problems and history well. Pay special attention to the text from “In 1927…” forward. Mr. Colten is accurate: “There has been resentment from St. Bernard to New Orleans ever since.”
- Care for pictures? Don McClosky got the real scoop.
- The Times-Picayune reports that Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MR-GO) must go. America knew this for decades – did we have to wait until we had the empirical evidence to prove it?
Many times in the past month I’ve considered returning to St. Bernard Parish, helping to rebuild, and remaining there once it’s rebuilt. Sadly, I just don’t know anyone there anymore, and as I get older, I’m realizing that having friends all over the world isn’t enough – I need local friends. Still, who knows what the future holds?