Remembering Katrina

Forty-five miles north of New Orleans on August 29th, 2005, a small community in St. Tammany Parish was reeling from devastating tree damage. The Waldheim area lost 30% or more of its trees and near 100% of homes were damaged in some way. The smell of pine sap is forever entrenched in my nostrils as well as the sound of our 125K Generator at Hope Church of Waldheim, where we were without electricity for 10 weeks. Today, our cell phones work better and there are more flowers and more grass to cut, because of fewer trees. I am thankful to the countless groups of volunteers that made mounds of saw dust in our area and continue to come and help rebuild our community. Here are a few pictures from Waldheim/North Covington in the months after the storm.

This van was left in our church parking lot by evacuees from St. Bernard Parish.

This was the most common site around Covington post-Katrina.

More of the same.

Decades old trees were no match for Katrina.

Frank Jenkins’ truck was down but not out. At least until time for a new inspection sticker.

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church from Somerset, KY, helped our church rebuild pump sheds around our community.

Men from Hamilton Baptist Church from Hamilton, VA, work on a roof near Abita Springs.

Sam Hill Tree Care from Dallas, TX, sent a crew out to help take care of hanging limbs that were so dangerous post-Katrina.

Men from Boone’s Creek Baptist Church near Lexington, KY, work on a roof in Waldhiem.

Posted on August 30, 2007, in In the News. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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