We are planning a trip to Orange Beach, Al. in a couple of weeks. If you’re not familiar with the area it is located along the Gulf of Mexico just a few miles before you get into Florida. My family and I have been going down there for years and its interesting to see just how much the region was affected by Hurricane Katrina. Obviously it wasn’t home to the full force of the storm like New Orleans, but like Orleans there were major issues concerning flooding, buildings being ripped apart, and massive beach erosion. It’s really sad to think back and remember what the town used to look like and then see the reconstruction still taking place.
Though it’s not that far away I always used to want to go to Orleans and maybe someday I’ll turn west on Interstate 10 instead of east. When and if I ever do make it, I know that I’m going to be somewhat disappointed by the fact that I never got to see the city in it’s “Hey Day”. Not to say the city will never come back from the effects of those deadly days two years ago…but I won’t feel the full sense of the disaster simply because I don’t have the before image in my head to complete the picture.
I know several people that went down immediately following the storm and began passing out water bottles, food, clothing etc…and they all came back talking as if they visited another country. How the people had nothing and yet were thankful for the smallest bit of charity.
CNN reports that over 80% of the $114 billion dollars set aside to rebuild has been used and yet it will be over seven more years before life returns to some sense of normalcy. $114 billion dollars and things are not the same!! Talk about life changing. Katrina wiped out complete families. Created a war zone along the southern coast of the United States and a hole in the hearts of millions left watching around the world. During this week when American’s morn the loss of 1,800 citizens, we at Repellem want to thank every volunteer, every Average Joe that stepped up, every hero that risked their life to save others caught in the wake of America’s deadliest storm. Regardless of when reconstruction is completed the prayers we send to those affected will never cease.