The Mighty Flood

By: sonofabeach96

Aug 29 2016

Category: Uncategorized

7 Comments

I was having a conversation earlier today with Dr. Meg, and it reminded me that today is the 11th anniversary of Katrina making landfall.  I won’t bore anyone with damage statistics and particulars.  I did so last year, on the 10th anniversary, here (Oh Katrina), if interested.  Nor will I debate anyone on why so many didn’t evacuate, or whether the city of New Orleans is even a logical place for a city to be located.

Most who have followed me for some time know of my love for The Crescent City and it’s people, culture, and history.  Logistical nightmare for a settlement?  Yes.  Long history of corruption in its politics and public servants?  Yes.  Devestating levels of poverty?  Yes.

All of that said, it is still one of the worlds great cities.  And, despite the implication, based on the US governments’ inept, if not criminal, response to provide desperately needed assistance following the storm, that the citizens of The Big Easy and coastal Mississippi weren’t valued, it is on American soil and worthy of response and rebuild.

Hopefully, lessons were learned from this tragedy.  One that I learned?  If you’re ever involved in a natural disaster of this scale, be prepared to fend for yourselves.

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If your plan is to rely on the state or federal government to save the day, you may want to rethink your position.

Anyway, on this day, remember the nearly 2000 US citizens who lost their lives in Louisiana and Mississippi.

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Remember the devastation that Mother Nature can inflict.

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Remember that the powers that be, and insurance companies, DO NOT have your back.

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Remember that the first people to render aid will likely be your own neighbors and those who see need and jump in feet first, not the almighty government.

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And remember the continuing efforts of average citizens to rebuild with little help from our nations leaders.

 

“Oh Katrina” by Anders Osborne

“Sunny Days” by Lauren Cunningham

“Mighty Storm” by The Duhks

“L’ouragon (The Hurricane)” by BeauSoleil

“Down In The Flood” by The Derek Trucks Band

“Back To New Orleans” by Old Crow Medicine Show

“Crescent City” by Lucinda Williams

“New Orleans Is Sinking” by The Tragically Hip

7 comments on “The Mighty Flood”

  1. I’ll add another one to your list, Louisianna 1927, Randy Newman. Thanks for the reminder.

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    • That’s a good one! I’ll go out on a limb, and say that there are more songs about New Orleans than any other city in the US, maybe even any city in the world. I think it says an awful lot about a place that can inspire so much tribute. 😃

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  2. A good post for remembrance…
    Shovels and Rope: St Anne’s Parade, an awesome video, too.

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  3. So tragic….great post!

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