"Struggling to stay alive, hogs from a farm approximately 10 miles south of Trenton, N.C., wait for rescue in the loading chute of the swine barn as flood waters from the Neuse River surround them Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999. State officials called for reinforcements Sunday as they battled to save farm animals across eastern North Carolina from the floodwaters of Hurricane Floyd, the worst agricultural disaster in the state's history." AP Photo/The News & Observer, Mel Nathanson
The image above is one that immediately came to mind while watching the pictures coming in from the Hurricane Katrina damage. Hurricane Floyd, which hit North Carolina in 1999 was not nearly as strong as Katrina, but caused incredible damage and loss of life, both human and animal. The deaths were a result of the floods which followed the hurricane. The water is still rising in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
I fear that what the floods following Hurricane Floyd did in relatively sparsely populated Eastern North Carolina, will be multiplied many times in the urban areas of New Orleans, Biloxi and surrounding areas. I pray that the people there are aware that in many areas the worst is yet to come as the flood waters continue to rise, and that they take all necessary precautions to keep their loved ones safe. As we see the situation get worse and worse over the next few days, what is really frustrating is that due to lack of electricity, it is very difficult to get the word out to those in danger. (Additional pictures of the flooding from Hurricane Floyd can be found here -- click on "More Photos").
UPDATE: Laura Lee Donoho shares some memories from Hurricane Andrew and explains how the National Guard responds to these emergencies.
On MSNBC, Tucker Carlson interviewed Sidney Smith of Haunted History Tours in New Orleans, by phone. Mr. Sidney is stranded in his home with two feet of water on the first floor and rising. He gave an incredibly vivid description of the miserable situation he is in and very much regrets that he did not leave town. I predict there will be many more like Mr. Sidney, including some that don't even yet realize how much they will regret staying.