Hurricane Gustav in Waldheim, a personal journal
Gustav in Waldheim. 7 – Posted on September 4, 2008 by slchjc – Gustav is gone and Waldheim still lacks electricity, but no Katrina like tree or roof damage is to be found. My family in North Louisiana are experiencing worse conditions than St. Tammany Parish with no electricity, flooding, and tree damage. We are praying for them. Today, we drove over to Assencion Parish and saw significant tree and roof damage. We stopped by Fellowship Church in Prairieville and hope to follow up with some chain saw crews to aid them later this week.
Gustav in Waldheim.6 – Posted on September 3, 2008 by slchjc – As of 3:45pm, September 2nd, Gustav damage in Waldheim/Abita Springs was very mild. The fire dept. cut about 10 trees off the road. The danger now is the rising water. Gustav has dumped much more rain on our area than Katrina or any storm I remember. There is still no power in most of the area. I wouldn’t come back today. They’ve been announcing tornadoes touching down around us. Specifically, Hwy. 59 & I-12 and Hwy. 1088 & Hwy. 59.
Gustav in Waldheim. 5 – Posted on September 1, 2008 by slchjc – As of 8:30am, we’ve still got electricity. Conditions are slowly deterioriating. They just gave out a tornado warning for our area. As the eye is moving across Port Fouchon my hearts and prayers are with those in South Central Louisiana. We’ll be ready to respond as needed.
Gustav in Waldheim.4 – Posted on September 1, 2008 by slchjc – As of 4:30am, September 1st, I’m surprised but we still have electricity in Waldheim. Conditions are deteriorating. Winds are really picking up. I’m not too worried about the wind speeds we’re predicted to see here. But what will those wind speeds do over the course of 12 hours sustained. Our chain saws are sharp, bottles of water are iced down, vertebrae are in line (for now). We’ll see what happens. Glory to God for the unexpected weakening over the last 24 hours.
Gustav in Waldheim.3 – Posted on September 1, 2008 by slchjc – Riding out Hurricane Gustav in Waldheim with a few folks from my church. Current conditions in Waldheim: strangely calm with a few heavy rain bands passing through earlier today. Winds start tomorrow. It’s looking better for us in St. Tammany Parish right now. Keep us in your prayers.
Gustav in Waldheim.2 – Posted on August 31, 2008 by slchjc – Three years ago today I stood in front of 30 people at my church with certainty and shared how God might glorify Himself through Hurricane Katrina. I told them we would grow closer together, we would see the body of Christ at work, and God would bring us closer to maturity. All of this proved true. This morning I will look at my church and to be honest, I’m not looking forward to sharing these same things. However, they are still true.
Gustav in Waldheim.1 – What a great way to forget about Hurricane Katrina – prepare for another possible major hurricane on the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Hopefully, this will be a non event, but we are ready for whatever happens. Heather and the boys will be evacuating to North Louisiana on Saturday or Sunday. I will be hanging out here to aid our local Fire Department and do whatever is needed to respond to disaster. For information about responding and/or bringing relief to residents of Louisiana contact the Louisiana Baptist Convention at 318.664.5646. You can also contact Hope Church at 985.898.1100 or 985.373.2748.