Shortly after the storm died down, we ventured outside to see the damage. The yard was a mess and a lot of shingles were missing from one side of the roof, but the house had no structural damage. Limb and trees were down everywhere. Shingles littered the front yard. Plant debris, leaves, and grass, covered … Continue reading The Storm – Round Two
As Hurricane Katrina churned through the Gulf of Mexico, Kimberly, Jonathan and I drove to Hickory, Miss., to Kimberly’s parent’s home for “safety.” Hickory is a three-hour drive north of New Orleans (209 miles). It seemed like a great evacuation spot. The morning of Aug. 29, 2005 (Monday), I got up early and monitored the … Continue reading The Storm – Round One
Note: During the month of August I am sharing Hurricane Katrina memories. Some memories are sad. Some are happy. But the scars are healed and the memories are redeemed. --- Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans? Jonathan knows what it means. He was only four and a half years old when … Continue reading Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans? Part 2
NOTE: Four years ago this month, Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans and changed my life forever. I spent the next few years writing and publishing countless articles about the devastation and recovery for the Baptist Press and for New Orleans Seminary. However, I have not published many of my own thoughts about the storm. I … Continue reading Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?
The following three posts compose a timeline of the days leading up to the Hurricane Katrina evacuation through the Sunday after the storm. I wanted to put down a brief record of these 10 days that changed my life forever. Katrina is always with me and always will be. In these lists, my focus is … Continue reading Katrina Timeline – The Evacuation
Monday, Aug. 29, 2005 – a day that will live in infamy. I got up early that morning and was glued to the TV – flipping between CNN, MSNBC, and FoxNews. I was also monitoring the internet. I found a few New Orleans post-storm photos there. The storm hit at the mouth of the Pearl … Continue reading Katrina Timeline – The Perfect Storm
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005 Early Wednesday, Kimberly’s Dad (Paul Oglesbee Jr.) and her older brother (Paul III) went to Meridian to buy supplies to patch the roof. I called the NOBTS North Georgia Campus to reserve a hotel room. Liz Stewart (NOBTS Student Life Director at the time) answered and made the reservation. I worked … Continue reading Katrina Timeline – The Aftermath