Dispatch from Dad in Hell

Here’s an email from my Dad, who sounds like he’s checking his email in Hell.

From: My Dad
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2005 08:28:41 -0400
Subject: Katrina

To all: I am in Gulfport, MS working to find houses, apartments, and land to put mobile homes on to get Navy families out of shelters and into housing. I have been in Waveland and Bay Saint Louis, MS and the first 1/2 mile from the beach is absolute, total destruction. The only things visible are concrete slabs, timber post portions of the foundations of the homes that were once there. The area along the front beach is clean, not from the efforts of the cleanup crews, but from Katrina itself. The debris field starts at 1/2 mile from the beach and goes inland for another 1 mile. There is furniture, TV’s, appliances in the trees, clothing in every imaginable place. Most home owners in the area are sitting in their empty lots waiting for their insurance adjuster to show up and tell them that the total destruction was cause by storm surge and they are not covered. The storm surge in Slidell was five mile inland through subdivision after subdivision. Debris piles are higher than the houses in places. This goes on for a 75 miles of ocean front!

You have to have a military and a police escort to get into Pass Christian, downtown Gulfport, and Biloxi. The destruction there is unbelievable.

It is depressing to see so much destruction everyday and everywhere. Please remember these people in your prayers.

He’s coming back on the 14th. I’m sure he’ll be full of icky feelings right to the bursting point when his plane from Hell touches down at home. Keep him in your thoughts, too. It might be nice if he could actually accomplish the impossible and find some people somewhere to stay while he’s down there…

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