If you missed them, I back tracked and put up four posts about how we prepared for Hurricane Gustav and the following evacuation. Please go back and check them out, if you haven’t already.
My family and I are still in North Louisiana experiencing the hospitality and lovely home of LilSis (Heather Here). BigSis and her family have gone back south, as power was restored to their homes yesterday. I hope they found things well there.
However, I can’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet. Hurricane Ike is churning out there and is due in the Gulf of Mexico mid-week. We are already praying. Will you join us?
Right now, even though it’s five days away, models are forecasting a direct hit on Southeast Louisiana again.
The report about wetland loss due to Gustav is preliminary, but the aerial photography shows significant barrier island loss–losses our coastline could not afford.
The Louisiana wetlands lose about 25 sq. miles a year to subsidence. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 caused about 217 sq. miles of wetland damage and loss–a 10-year loss in one month. The result is that there is now way less marsh to protect the freshwater areas further inland from tidal surge and our homes from flooding from that same surge.
When Gustav made landfall right over my bayou town, that put the coastline to the East of us in the “buffer zone”. Grand Isle served as a barrier island and buffer zone to reduce the storm surge from about 15 feet down to 8 by the time it reached my parish. Fortunately, a little old levee held up to that 8-foot surge, preventing 10,000 of us from flooding, and protecting what wetlands we have left after the 2005 damage.
I’m up early this morning because I am concerned. Grand Isle was a sacrificial island for us, but they and those further west were not as fortunate as we. And another direct hit in this vicinity would be devestating.
So, how do we pray? For dissolution? For downgrade? For mercy? All of the above.
CYPRESS HOUSE HURRICANE UPDATE:
I received a report yesterday that the area behind those appliances and the lean-to to the left were blown down. A window I failed to cover on the front porch lost a couple panes of glass. Yes, those losses seem minimal to me, and we’re fortunate that is all the damage.
However, I’m not down there assessing the damage and covering that window, so I sit here and fret hoping that Ike does not deal us another blow. I want to go home, but it doesn’t seem wise or prudent.
I covet your prayers — again.