It's taken a few days for it to sink in that the New Orleans I visited less than two months ago will never be the same again. While we there there, it was Hurricane Dennis that had everyone concerned. Now I realize that we weren't worried enough.
I've been through all of the links from my July post and several of the sites are down. The Hotel Villa Convento has been taking messages through their site and updating their home page periodically. The family has evacuated and who knows if and when they'll be back.
The Gumbo Shop, where we had dinner the first night of our trip, still has a working site that touts "Visit our New Biloxi, MS Restaurant." I just hope they haven't lost two restaurants.
It's hard to begin to grasp what the people we met in New Orleans have been going through this week. When I think of cities swallowed up by water, it's usually in terms of ancient myths, not the evening news.
It's hard to sit by helplessly as all this happens. All I can think to do is provide a link to donate to the Red Cross. I'm sure every little bit will help.