Skip to comments.first hand account from a NOLA resident and volunteer [Hurricane Katrina]
Posted on 09/06/2005 12:07:09 AM PDT by gpapa
A good friend just forwarded this first-hand account from his fraternity brother at Loyola.
Why arent we hearing these stories? Why arent the cameras on the ground capturing some of this?
Keep in mind, as you read, that this guy lives in New Orleans. As do many of the volunteers, apparently . . . Yes, its hellish there right now, but not everyone has gone mad.
(Excerpt) Read more at thinkdude.com ...
Bump for tomorrow.
"The third story may be the most compelling. I will not mince words. This was in a really rough neighborhood and we came across five seemingly unsavory characters. One had scars from what seemed to be gunshot wounds. We found these guys at a two-story recreational complex, one of the only two-story buildings in the neighborhood. They had broken into the center and tried to rustle as many people as possible from the neighborhood into the center. These guys stayed outside in the center all day, getting everyone out of the rec center onto boats. We approached them at approximately 6:30p.m., obviously one of the last trips of the day, and they sent us further into the neighborhood to get more people out of homes and off rooftops instead of getting on themselves. This at the risk of their not getting out and having to stay in the water for an undetermined amount of time (you have to understand the uncertainly that all of the people in these accounts faced without having any info on the rescue efforts, how far or deep the flooding was, or where to go if they did want to swim or walk out). These five guys were on the last boat out of the neighborhood at sundown. They were incredibly grateful and mentioned numerous times God is going to bless yall for this.' When we got them to the dock, they offered us an Allen Iverson jersey off of one of their backs as a gesture of gratitude, which was literally probably the most valuable possession among them all. Obviously, we declined, but I remain tremendously impacted by this gesture."
Good stories. There's enough detail that they sound authentic.
Thanks for posting this.
Thanks for posting this We need to hear more of these stories.
"almost everything being portrayed in the media is a complete bastardization of what is really happening. "
Thanks for posting this. The untold stories that should be told.
I liked hearing his stories, but I didn't understand why he thought that those stories being out there would save more lives, unless he believes the government is being racist and not saving the people.
Let's keep it BUMPED.
Great post. Actually gives me hope for humanity.
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