Hurricane #Katrina

A few things I remember 6 years later:

  • the weatherman saying, “a little jog to the west.”
  • preaching Sun, Aug 28 to a small group of people who mostly had their bags packed for a nervous trip north.
  • seeing my family drive away into the endless stream of cars heading north.
  • the 3 hour drive that took 9 hours.
  • the sound of generators running from miles around.
  • the smell of pine sap, sweat, and bar oil. It’s forever burned into my nostrils.
  • the trees. So many trees.
  • 10 weeks without electricity.
  • MRE’s and Southern Baptist cooked pastalaya.
  • Countless volunteers, I wish I could remember all their names, who cooked, cut, constructed, & deconstructed.
  • Rice crispy treats!!! Our church received a call, “Can you take the contents of a truck from TN?” “What’s in it?” “Not sure.” It was a truck load of rice crispy treats. Took forever to get rid of them. Still have night mares about rice crispy treats.
  • Saying good-bye to friends who had to move away.
  • The heart breaking sights and sounds in the city of New Orleans & the Gulf Coast.
  • The day my family came home :)).
  • Laying down in my bed for the first night with electricity and realizing the trees were no longer there to shade the street lights.
  • Hearing people say Katrina was a good thing because it helped me realize I needed God and needed others.

This van was left in our church parking lot by a St. Bernard resident.

About Lane Corley

I am - Follower of Jesus Christ - Husband to the beautiful and patient Heather Corley - Father of three. - Church Planter / Church Planting Strategist with the Louisiana Baptist Convention. - When I can, I’m reading, raised bed gardening, deer hunting, and on mission with my church. - Hoping to be helpful.

Posted on August 29, 2011, in Reflecting. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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