As some residents devise a hurricane preparedness plan for 2013, others are still reeling from the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac a year ago.
It is the latter that Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans (CCANO) continues to assist through its Hurricane Isaac Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP), established after the hurricane struck Louisiana Aug. 28 and lingered slowly along the coast for another day, causing tidal surges to devastate 26 parishes in Louisiana.
On the afternoon of Aug. 29, as the wind whipped through my neighborhood, I was rescued by the National Guard. They arrived at my house in boats because six to seven feet of water rushed into the LaPlace area when Hurricane Isaac came strolling through the southern part of Louisiana. More than two feet of water seeped into my house.
When my family and I were rescued that Wednesday afternoon, my father decided to stay behind to take care of our two dogs and two cats and our house. My two sisters, my mom and I were brought to multiple evacuation stations along Highway 51, which was partially submerged in floodwaters.