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Re: Donna/trip

Bonnie, that's amazing. My Dad and his wife went to Slidell, LA at Thanksgiving with THEIR Pastor Tom and fed about 300 people. Only had time to help one family, but Tom has been back and forth for weeks helping families get their houses under control. I feel so bad for those people.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2006 8:55 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Donna/trip

After going through all of Pastor Tom's Slidell Louisiana Mission Trip
photos, I sure believe it, Andrea! It looked like the only trees left
standing were the live oaks because of their interconnected root systems,
and even they looked badly battered. The photos he brought back were eye
openers. Folks are still living without shelter. He saw folks living in
card board boxes under overpasses, among other things. While there, they
managed to restore twenty-four houses and 7 or 8 rooftops.

Two photos were very interesting: one showed a completely destroyed dock in
Slidell; the other showed a single house at a doc end nearly in tact. The
story was that the house had been built before Katrina, but after the next
most previous hurricane to come through according to newer, tougher
construction codes. WOW! He said because there is so little trash removal
there is a major rodent problem there. Folks going back to their homes are
finding that wildlife has taken refuge in what was left of their homes,
including snakes. I really feel for those folks. Most of the green plants
I saw looked very young in those photos.

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Andrea Hodges
Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2006 3:03 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Donna/trip

That's what it's like after a major hurricane Donna. Although Hugo was not
as bad as Katrina, the landscape was damaged many miles inland. It took
several years for the wildlife to come back, including the sea birds, and
you can still see signs now almost 17 years later if you know where to look.

Glad you got to see some green though and enjoy some warm temps. I'm
freezing. LOL! Only 5 days to go!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2006 9:52 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Donna/trip

Traffic wasn't bad at all. Made it from Hobby to Galveston in about 45
min both ways. Noreen, you need to come up here sometime and learn
about cold weather and what traffic jams are really about :)

But back to the trip and gardening thoughts-

One of the ports we stopped in was Cozumel. Having never seen what a
hurricane really does, I was just amazed. I do not think there is a
tree (or what ever palm tree types are called) that was over 7 ft
tall. I could only imagine what the floral of the town did look like.
Uprooted trees and sheared off tops where everywhere. But nature is
rebounding, as many are re-sprouting from the trunks, and you can see
the smaller versions beginning to emerge even in the areas they have
not started to clean up, let alone plant new.

Another interesting item is the how the underwater sand moved. You
could see how it buried the coral, not many big fish were to be seen
ranged from the larger fish leaving the area or washed away and only
the small fry/eggs embedded in the coral survived this. Or is this
normal at this time of the year?

The pier is not walk able yet with huge chunks missing or so battered.
Appeared they were working on getting a seawall up and not to
concerned about the pier itself yet. (All cruise line boats where
tethered out)

Of course construction is everywhere- with many building gutted, some
not quite done yet, to the downtown commercial area is mostly up and
Interesting also how ports just a few miles away had no signs of any

It was nice to see green, but somehow, I was expecting to see more
plants flowering ... and am not used to seeing so much military presence.


-----Original Message-----
Hey Donna!
Welcome back.  Geesh, I can't even imagine.  I stayed in that  entire
weekend, just about froze to death.  To make it worse, the All Star
game was that weekend, so the traffic already in a mess due to the
rain, was  full of out of towners.....lots of chaos.
Hope you had a good time on your cruise....and hope you are able to
adjust to the changes in temps without getting sick.

In a message dated 2/24/2006 11:02:31 PM Central Standard Time,
gardenc hat-owner@hort.net writes:

Yep...  arrived at Hobby on Saturday. I realize you folks thought it
was cold, but  it was 54 degrees warmer than were I came  from!

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