Hurricane update from a G.I. Brat
- Hi everyone,
My dear friend Karen (Seney) Handville told me you'all were asking if
I survived Hurricane Katrina...I did...there were a few close calls
during the storm, and there's been much heartache as I watched many of
my friends and co-workers down here in Louisiana and Mississippi lose
As Karen mentioned, I'm a news reporter for WWL-TV in New Orleans. My
wife and kids evacuated to Memphis...I stayed behind with the rest of
our news and technical staff to cover the storm and its aftermath. We
were the only t.v. station down here to remain on the air. My family
(including my mom & dad, who still live in New Orleans) were
lucky...only minor damage to the house...but 2/3 of my co-workers have
lost their homes to flooding and wind damage...despite their personal
loss, they had the dedication and courage to keep covering the storm
and serve our community.
I won't go into all the details of what we went through as the storm
hit, or what's happened since...but I can tell you the pictures you've
seen on t.v. don;t do it justice...I've covered news down here for
25-years, and reported on 15 major hurricanes, including Hurricane
Andrew, but I've never seen anything like this...the destruction is
beyond belief, even for those of us who have seen some of the worst
storms of the last quarter-century. This is just a horrible disaster
that has touched so many lives...
But...there's is a strong sense of determination down here to survive
and fight our way back to a normal life...it will take some time, but
I feel New Orleans will make a come-back. If you can, please make a
donation to one of the relief organizations...there are so many people
in need down here...
Thank you for your concern for me and my family...
One more thing...
One thing that crashes quickly in a hurricane is communications...no
phones..no internet...and that can make you feel really isolated from
the rest of the world...but about two weeks after Katrina hit, I
managed to get a phone call out to Karen...
Karen Seney, our fellow G.I. brat, will always be one of my most
important friends...we have a friendship that started back on
Governors Island in 1968, and has continued through all these
years...when I reached her on the phone a couple of weeks ago, I was
exhausted and emotionally drained...she listened patiently as I vented
about everything I'd been through, and I could tell she was deeply
concerned...hearing her voice lifted my spirits...
Karen will always have a special place in my heart....and my memories
of our years on the island will always be among the best times of my
G.I. Brat 1968-74