We are still sitting a hotel room waiting for the lights to go on. It's been six days since we left home to evacuate from Hurricane Isaac.
The red lines on the map are areas that are without power. I have been reading stories online about Entergy with their trucks and crews sitting in parking lots not working. I in turn have to remember that the storm took days to pass over New Orleans. It's going to take time to restore power to a 395,000 people. On the map I can see that half of our street has power and the half we live on is out. I am praying more power is restored today.
Thinking about going home is easy. Getting there won't be. When it's time we can't take the same route home. The expressway by LaPlace and going over the swamps is under water. We have an alternative route. It will just take longer to get there.
We've learned from past storms going home to early will be hard. Gas and food supplies are low. It is spooky going shopping with bare shelves and the only things left are things people don't want to eat if they can help it.
I'll have a mess to clean up when we get home. I gave away the food in my freezer. Everything inside of the refrigerator will have be thrown away. No telling what is growing inside after 6 days with no electric. I had to poke that picture out of my mind's eye! My only saving grace is after Katrina I only buy enough food for a couple of days at a time.
We are good for a couple more days after that we have to head home with or without power. The funds aren't available to stay for more than a week.
Keep Louisiana in your prayers. It's a long road to recovery.