Today my cell rang and it was my friend Brandy, who I'd been trying to reach since Monday. She lives about an hour north of the French Quarter.
I've been to Nawlins 4 times now... 3 times to see Brandy (and to be in her awesome wedding!) and the 4th time, just weeks ago, for a trade show with my co-workers. I have ta say Nawlins is one of the most awesome spots I've been to, the people are so dang nice, open, colorful, friendly. And well my bud lives down there.
Well Brandy said she and her hubby evacuated to Lafayette. Brandy was choking back tears talking about the upheaval of her life; her sister, who lives in Kenner with a few kids, hasn't been heard from. She said the cell towers are down, and when she called MY phone here in Cincinnati, she said, "I was basically just rolling down the list seeing WHO outside of LA I could get ahold of". So she got ME!
She said her job is gone; all the files, office, everything in downtown NO is just 'gone'. If she wants to make money she has to go to Shreveport to work for the lawfirm & continue her employment. The saddest part is, her hubs of 5 years, companion of 15 years, has to move to HOUSTON TX to continue HIS job and receive a paycheck.
Brandy said that their house is not in the flood zone; however they are not allowed back "for one month" and most likely trees are down, she might have busted windows, looters rummaging through her house (this part made her really mad... how people are stealing the craziest things... TV's, jewelry, etc.)... she's very worried and when she talked of her sister it was just a horrible feeling.
She says they're living in Lafayette with Joey's extended family... Brandy's mom still hasn't been heard from. It's so sad... she had to hang up with me to save her battery juice in the cell phone.
I know some people who'd never been to New Orleans, and the utter devestation and loss of the whole city and loss of all those wonderful lives... the friendly & sweet people... is just saddest thing I've witnessed in a long time. Nawlins itself was chock full of history, it was beautiful... what a place. I hope to God our country can pull together and help everyone out.
I'm just happy to have talked to my friend today... she's happy she's alive but she has a serious life change coming up.
They said due to the job situation they will most likely be moving away from NOLA.