Thank you for your prayers during Hurricane Isaac. We appreciate your praying for us and request that you continue to do so.
Here are the results of Hurricane Isaac.
This is one of the strangest hurricanes on record. Though it was only a Category One storm, it produced a great deal of destruction.
Through the years, people in Southeast Louisiana have been concerned with a hurricane that basically traveled up the Mississippi River. This is essentially what Hurricane Isaac did. The result was putting New Orleans and the Northshore (where I live) on the “bad” side of the storm. That pushed water from the Gulf of Mexico into the marshes of South Louisiana and into Lake Pontchartrain. The results have been devastating.
During the dayTuesday those of us with access to television listened in horror as families from the Braithwaite community (south of New Orleans) called to TV stations to let someone know they were trapped in their attics by the storm surge. Though those people lost everything, first responders risked their own live to rescue those trapped in their attics. We also watched as flood waters from Lake Pontchartrain covered the seawall on the Southshore.
On Wednesday, the winds shifted and pushed water from the Southshore to the Northshore. The storm surge breached a small levee protecting a residential community at Guste Island. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Department had to overcome five foot waves to rescue the residents trapped by the waters of Lake Pontchartrain. At the same time, the commercial district of the city of Madisonville had water up to seven feet along the Tchefuncte River and the Mandeville lakefront also had a significant amount of water.
Now all the rivers are rising and threatening to flood homes in the Slidell area and along all of the rivers that empty into Lake Pontchartrain.
While the worst of the storm is over, we will be dealing with its effects for several more days. Most people in our area are still without power, although the utility employees are working around the clock to get power back to the population.
I can’t help but wonder how bad it would have been if the storm had been a Category Three or Four like Katrina. The US Geological Survey recorded an amazing fact during the height of the storm. The Mississippi River actually flowed backward from the mouth of the river to Baton Rouge at a rate faster than its normal flow! We are truly thankful for our blessings.
Thanks again for your prayers. I’ll do my best to give you another update tomorrow.
Thanks to my daughter Anna for typing this at my dictation (though I now have electricity, I don’t have internet service).
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