Evacuating a Metropolis? My Heart Goes Out
And after 9/11, folks down near the site had to relocate, but it wasn't the whole city. I don't want to trivialize that time, it was one of the hardest, most surreal times of my life, and certainly those who lost people are still feeling the effects. But it was so sudden, and then the rest was recovery/cleanup/reaction, it wasn't a slo-mo deluge like they have down in New Orleans. I did not feel trapped in the city. I chose to stay, even fell in love with it here a little.
My prayers go out to folks on foot in the snake-infested water, people waiting on roofs, and the masses getting bused to Houston. And like any animal lover, I worry about the pets too. Leaving in a hurry often means leaving them behind.
Here, on CNN, are some emails they've collected, and there will be more. I find it most interesting to hear about it from the people themselves. Of course those in the middle of it now have no access to internet, but I'll be watching their survival stories as they emerge.