Sunday, August 31, 2008

Running from Gustav and Walking in Memphis

My family and I have arrived safely in Memphis, Tenn., at my aunt's home. When I say family that means a son, a daughter, a dog, and a cat that traveled with me in a Toyota Corolla. However, I'm with even more family tonight. My parents, brother, sister-in-law, another aunt, and three cousins have also taken shelter in my aun'ts home.

A fourth cousin's on the way, one of my Memphis aunt's sons. With his arrival we'll have five dogs and a cat here with us humans. Did I tell you that my aunt in Memphis is a saint?

You can read more about my inner thoughts on evacuation at my BlogHer post on storm phobia.

I updated Gustav and my circumstance at the end of my post "What is Contraflow?" that you can read here. Gustav is being called "the mother of all storms" with storm surges projected as high as 24 feet. It's a category 4 now and may be a 5 when it reaches the Louisiana coastline. I also talk about evacuation plans in the contraflow post.

The drive up to Memphis was not too difficult. We left around 4:00 p.m. on 8/30 and contraflow had not yet started. It begins this morning, 8/31, at 4:00 a.m.

The sky was a glorious blue with white, fluffy clouds on the route up, I-12 to I-55. Experiencing the beautiful weather while driving along, I wondered whether Hurricane Gustav was the threat the authorities say it will be. But after hearing Gov. Jindal talk about the storm on the radio, I only thought "WOW! I've moved back home after 20 years to lose everything. How, God, does this make sense?"

Funny, I'm here in Memphis. I considered moving here instead of to New Orleans when I realized my family and I couldn't survive financially in New Jersey. But I moved back home instead because my parents needed me. They'd been living with my brother and his wife since Hurricane Katrina whose floods claimed their home, a home they just finished renovating and now may lose again. Moving back was the right decision.

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lilalia said...

All the best to you and the family and you saintly aunt and the folks and houses back home. A special prayer that the levees hold.

Laurie said...

I'm glad you are safe and surroundeed by loved ones. Some of my family is in Baton Rouge, and some are in Alabama. Blessings, fellow blogger!

ByJane said...

glad to hear you're okay...I was worried about you and your parents.