From the Reverend Dr. Steve J. Crump, Sr. Minister, Unitarian Church of
Either Katrina or Rita could have hit Baton Rouge but our city was spared
from those devastating storms of last year. Our friends and relatives were not
spared. Our entire coastline was hit big time. And Baton Rouge will never be the
same due to the influx of so many evacuees. An estimated 50,000 are still here.
Over in Texas, they say the hurricane that smashed into Galveston 106 years ago
created what Houston is today, a great city more inland but still vulnerable to
hurricanes. In western Louisiana, where people are still attempting to rebuild
their lives, Hurricane Rita is called "the forgotten hurricane" because it did
not directly hit Houston. Rita hit east of Houston and parishes south of Lake
Charles, Louisiana—the rural communities.
Next time a disaster could be my city or yours. Most of us here believe there
will be a next time. There is a foreboding about it. There is depression, not
only of the tropical kind, but the kind that affects the psyche. There have been
suicides. And while the death count from Katrina is under 2000 lives—still
counting—we know of many among the elderly who survived the evacuation but who
did not survive the dislocating consequences of the storms.
What observations do I make as I look over a war-zone where neighborhoods
used to reside on the Gulf Coast? Here are my observations, one year later:
Blessings to all who have demonstrated their care.
Steve J. Crump
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Last updated on Thursday, August 2, 2012.
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