Hurricane Gustav Evacuation Update – 9-6-08


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Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Goodbye Soleil 9-6-08

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Goodbye Soleil 9-6-08

Friends:

Today we left Diamondhead, Mississippi. Antonio and Eliana brought Soleil back to Baton Rouge. I headed back home. Here is my van stuffed to the gills.

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Van Stuffed 9-6-08

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Van Stuffed 9-6-08

Welcome to Louisiana! Going home!

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Bienvenue en Louisiana 9-6-08

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Bienvenue en Louisiana 9-6-08

I decided to stop and visit my friend, children’s musician and children’s book author, Johnette Downing. Johnette lives in New Orleans and because of our touring schedules, we don’t see each other very much. On my way to Johnette’s house, I drove through the Garden District on St. Charles Avenue.

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - St. Charles Avenue 9-6-08

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - St. Charles Avenue 9-6-08

I decided to join Johnette in running her errands. Along the way, we saw some tree debris from Gustav.

This is a Chevron gas station with some awning damage.

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Damage to Chevron 9-6-08

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Damage to Chevron 9-6-08

This sign was torn apart.

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Damage to Sign 9-6-08

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Damage to Sign 9-6-08

Johnette and I went to the mall. Can you believe it was open? We were actually in Jefferson Parish on the East Bank. They have power and sewerage 100% fully restored. After the mall, we ate at Zea’s Rotisserie Grill. I had so much fun visiting Johnette. I had to make sure I left before the curfew went into effect at 10:00 p.m. On my way home, Antonio called me to tell me that our power was out again. I was so upset. It turned out that the power was off for a short while. Whew!

Here are my suitcases, unloaded into my office.

Hurricane Gustav Evacuaton - Unloading Suitcases 9-6-08

Hurricane Gustav Evacuaton - Unloading Suitcases 9-6-08

My husband, Antonio, decided it would be better to empty our our refrigerators tonight. Tomorrow, I will have to give them a full cleaning. Then we have to restock.

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Cleaning Out the Fridge 9-6-08

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Cleaning Out the Fridge 9-6-08

We had some good news. FEMA informed us that we were eligible for evacuation assistance. Our insurance gave us some good news too – they would help with housing (during the time of the mandatory evacuation).

Eliana went to work right away, putting her room back in order. She took the things off the top bunk and put them away. I am going to wait to unpack, to see what Hurricane Ike decides to do…

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Eliana Cleaning Her Room 9-6-08

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Eliana Cleaning Her Room 9-6-08

I am glad to be back home. It will be great when sewerage services are fully restored. Then we can do laundry, wash dishes, and take showers. Tomorrow, I will document the damage. Tonight, I will enjoy being back in my home sweet home!

Until next time…

Warmly, Dianne