Category Archives: Katrina Remembrances

Katrina Remembrances Pt. 9: Heading Back to Alabama & Lessons Learned. September 6, 2005 and Beyond.

This is the final installment in my series on my experiences last year when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. I said there were 10 installments, but I’m combining #9 and #10 into this post. So, this is it! This day would be my last in Mississippi. It was Tuesday morning and I had some… Continue Reading

Katrina Remembrances Pt. 8: Gravity’s Getting Worse and Worse All the Time: 12 Hours on the Roof. September 5, 2005

I arose early on Monday morning, September 5, 2005, to meet my friends Amos and Russell as we attempted to tackle the roof, or keep the roof from tackling us. We all showed up at my Dad’s house with chain saws, gloves, rakes, and some food. Fortunately, my Dad had several sheets of plywood in… Continue Reading

Katrina Remembrances Pt. 7: A Goodbye, an Overwhelming Task, and Faithful Friends. September 4, 2005

This is the 7th in a series of 10 installments chronicling my experiences on the Gulf Coast last year in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest and most costly natural disasters in U.S. history. I awoke mid-morning on Sunday, September 4, with a renewed sense of energy and purpose. Even though I… Continue Reading

Katrina Remembrances Pt. 5: Witness to an Atomic Bomb: The Mississippi Gulf Coast. September 2, 2005

When the alarm went off around 4:30am, I had only slept between 2-3 hours. I was so keyed up after talking with my parents and getting everything together, I couldn’t get to sleep. I’m notorious about this. Every mission trip I’ve ever taken, I’ve always started out tired because I can’t sleep the night before,… Continue Reading

Katrina Remembrances Pt. 3: The Gulf Coast Convulses in Despair, But Help is On the Way. August 31, 2005

As Wednesday, August 31, 2005 dawned, one thing was becoming clear. The Gulf Coast was disintegrating. New Orleans was in total despair. The levees had broken and thousands upon thousands were stuck on rooftops or were looking for refuge in places like the Superdome or Convention Center. The Mississippi Gulf Coast had been flattened. The… Continue Reading

Katrina Remembrances Pt. 1: Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans? August 29, 2005

This is the first installment in a series of  articles that I am writing commemorating the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting the Gulf Coast in August-September 2005. The story is told from my perspective and is meant to create a record for my family of all that took place. It is a good… Continue Reading