enduringplum: (Default)
( Mar. 29th, 2007 03:18 pm)
We finally got a note in the mail from The Road Home Program and today I made our appointment to speak with one of their advisers! We're going to go to their Kenner offices on the evening of April 6th to discuss the possibilities. Hopefully, we'll be able to sell our flooded home to the state and possibly also get a low-interest loan to buy and renovate a new home. That is the best scenario I can envision and one which I really hope comes about for us.

We've been looking at houses and trying to secure a loan since we got back to New Orleans after Katrina. We weren't able to secure a loan before because we were still paying the mortgage on our flooded house, but now our mortgage has been paid off by our insurance, ideally all we'll need to do to get some down payment and furniture money will be sell our old house. Hopefully, the state will buy it from us, as they have claimed they will, otherwise we'll probably wind up selling to some land developers.

We also found the letter that the SBA claims they never sent us (actually, they claim we never applied to them for assistance), which states that we were denied an SBA loan. We need that letter to fax to FEMA so we can finally get the assistance they first offered us, but then refused when they claimed we said all of our possessions were fine and had not been destroyed in the flood, which we, of course, never said.

If we are, for some reason, denied assistance, we will just try to sell our house to a developer and we'll secure a home and renovation loan on our own, but if we have to do things that way I'm not sure when we'll be able to afford health insurance for me again and I really can't continue to go without it.
enduringplum: (Sienna)
( Aug. 28th, 2006 09:31 pm)

I've felt like crying all day, which I'm sure has been a common feeling in New Orleans all week; tomorrow is the anniversary of hurricane Katrina and I'm feeling it acutely. 

A year ago tomorrow our lives were changed irrevocably. My boyfriend and I lost all our material possessions and our community, but at least none of our friends or family died due to The Storm. Still, things are hard, but through my depression and anxiety I am still optimistic that things will get better. . . eventually.

I just hope that, like the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, we are not forgotten. More lives might have been lost in those attacks, but just as many lives have been deeply scarred by hurricane Katrina. It also disturbs me that the clean up of New Orleans is being criticized as too slow, but the clean up of the World Trade Center was an unbelievably slow process and of a much smaller space; that was just a few city blocks, but Katrina devastated an entire city and the surrounding metropolitan areas.

Every time a new tropical disturbance develops, I get nervous, and I'm horribly nervous about leaving the area for any reason; the last time I did, when I got back absolutely nothing of my previous life was the same.

The president is staying in the hotel across the street from the Doubletree Hotel New Orleans, which is where my dad works and my parents live part-time (they move between it and their FEMA trailer). I wish I could just run across the street and casually tell him to go fuck himself, but I would never manage it; after all, that kind of behavior just isn't becoming of a southern woman.

enduringplum: (Burn)
( Oct. 23rd, 2005 06:07 pm)
They say you can't go home again and that's true to a certain extent, but not really: New Orleans is home, not the ruined house on our street. That's just the shell of a former life now, it's nothing now, just wasted space.

It was worse than I could ever have imagined, I don't feel I can ever describe it possible. The smell is unmistakably the smell of death and it sticks in your mouth, forcing you to taste it long after leaving the area.

Will have to go back with something to break down the door to the hallway that leads to our bedroom, it's swollen shut. Was able to salvage a Japanese bowl, a glass vase, a blown glass bird, and the Chinese dragon embroidery Aunt Joye brought to me from her trip to China, but I don't know if all the mold will come off of it, I'm just hoping. Once we break down the door I can see about my jewelry and the pitcher Bestemor gave me.

It's just unbelievable.
enduringplum: (Timid)
( Oct. 15th, 2005 01:04 am)

Going back to New Orleans tomorrow, I can't wait. I'm not too thrilled about going to look at the house, but it has to be done; I'm going to see if there's anyway to salvage any of my clothes, but I'm not being too optimistic.

I'll still miss losing all my art, books, comics, and graphic novels the most, not to mention all the special, irreplaceable gifts I'd been given over the years. Next time I'm forced to run from a hurricane those will be the things I take with me.

Errands, Et Cetera )

enduringplum: (Perfect Powder)
( Oct. 9th, 2005 09:47 pm)

A Very Girly Post )

Jelly Belly is giving me a serious tummy ache. Maybe I should sue them for making these damn things so delicious. One flavor that's not delicious? Baked bean. I sampled it at the grocery store, it was atrocious.

Keep in Touch )

Thank Yous )

enduringplum: (Round Eyes)
( Oct. 4th, 2005 06:12 pm)
For us money is almost always tight, although we live comfortably, but things have been even trickier since Hurricane Katrina flooded our house. Since money's been so tight I was looking forward to taking Conrad to the vet, but it had to be done so he could get new prescriptions of Heartgard and Frontline. Now I'm just incredibly pleased that we took him to a local veterinarian because he was kind enough to do all the blood work and give us the medications for free; Not only did this save us money we really couldn't spare, but it was incredibly touching and uplifting.
FEMA is still totally fucking us, even though my boyfriend registered us only two days after Hurricane Katrina stomped New Orleans back into a swamp. Friends and acquaintances who registered with them weeks after we did have already received their second payment from FEMA for being displaced and most of them still have homes to which to return! We, however, have yet to receive any aid from FEMA whatsoever and we have no home or possessions waiting for us in New Orleans.

Allen's* on his way here, to Houston, even as I type this, so we're planning to head down to one of the FEMA locations set up in the Spring, Texas area, we're hoping that we'll be able to get some assistance if we deal with the FEMA officials face-to-face, but I'm still apprehensive about it. If nothing else, at least I'll be able to spend some time with him again, I've really missed him.
enduringplum: (Default)
( Sep. 19th, 2005 01:27 am)
There's a convenient map accessible from NOLA.com where you can see both the maximum and most recently measured flood depth in your neighborhood. In my neighborhood the maximum estimated depth was ten feet and there is currently estimated to be about five feet of water on my block. It's not fantastic news, but it is helpful and encouraging information.

My boyfriend of three years has been working in and around New Orleans, as I'm sure you know by now. Tonight I received a detailed e-mail from him about what he's seen and done. It's behind the cut.

From New Orleans )

enduringplum: (Sepia Geisha)
( Sep. 5th, 2005 10:56 pm)

Spoke to Allen* for a while today; He's been working every day from eight in the morning to ten or eleven at night to restore and maintain cell phone service with rescue workers, FBI, and the various other organizations based in Kenner right now, and after all that they have to drive back from Kenner to Baton Rouge, where it's safe for them to sleep. He had the opportunity to take a look at my parent's houses and confirmed that they're both in pretty good shape, but [livejournal.com profile] the_ugly_knight 's apartment is a wreck: The roof was torn off, much the wall collapsed, and his possessions are scattered throughout the neighborhood; Allen picked up some of his Magic cards from the road and is saving them for him. Dave'll get to see the damage for himself soon enough, as he and his family are soon heading down there to see what can be salvaged. After that he should be joining me here at my Aunt's and hopefully I'll get to see my honey then, too.

To all my friends: As soon as I have a place to stay, no matter how small or unfurnished it may be, you are all absolutely welcome to stay with me for as long as it takes for you to get back on your feet in the New Orleans area because I want to go back and I want the people I love most around me. This means you [livejournal.com profile] samothtiger and family, [livejournal.com profile] the_ugly_knight, [livejournal.com profile] triple_phoenix, [livejournal.com profile] diabolicalsound, [livejournal.com profile] mosno, and anyone who I may have neglected to list here: you know who you are.

enduringplum: (Default)
( Sep. 3rd, 2005 09:50 pm)

From the beginning I was pretty certain that our house would end up under water, totally flooded, and now there's no uncertainty left at all: I've seen the satellite images and our neighborhood is under water nearly to the rooftops.

Still, some uncertainty remains: we don't know when we're going home, or even if we are. If we do go home we aren't sure where we'll live, we're not sure if FEMA will give us the money to pay off our mortgage or not. We don't know where we'll work or how we'll get by, but I am certain that we'll manage somehow and that we'll have the full support of both our families and all our friends; For those things and so much more we are truly blessed.

enduringplum: (Sepia Geisha)
( Sep. 1st, 2005 10:07 pm)

I have so much to write about that I hardly know where to begin...

 News of Friends and Loved Ones )

My Misadventure, Presently )

enduringplum: (Sepia Geisha)
( Aug. 30th, 2005 10:15 pm)

We evacuated Sunday morning at nine o'clock and made it to our room at a La Quinta in Dallas around ten o'clock Sunday night. Right now I'm at my Aunt Joye's home in Houston where I'll stay with all the pets until I can go home. My boyfriend is here with me, but may have to go to Baton Rouge very soon to work with FEMA to restore cell phone service to the area. Both my parents are alive and well: My mom is in Tennesee with the dogs, staying with her sister, and my dad is at the Double Tree Hotel New Orleans where he's chief engineer. I am worried about a few of my friends, although I know most of them are safe; the only ones I haven't heard from myself are [livejournal.com profile] diabolicalsound, [livejournal.com profile] livetruth, and [livejournal.com profile] samothtiger 's brother. Needless to say, Dragon Con is off for all of us this year. To my close, personal friends: call me if you can at 504-610-9579, if I don't answer just leave me a voicemail so I know you're okay!

I've been through hurricanes more times than I can recall, but I never expected New Orleans to experience a storm this severe. Even now it's difficult for me to believe that so much has been lost or destroyed, even though intellectually I realize that my house is probably under water. It's frustrating not knowing just what's happening at home and having to go rumors. All I know for certain is that it'll be a while before I can go back to the city I call home, that it will be a long time before life returns to normal, and that it could have been a lot worse: My friends, family, and pets are safe, that's all that really matters.

I could have been one of the people unable to evacuate, one of those people I've seen on the news miserable because their husband or wife is missing, having been lost in the rising water.

Please, keep us in your thoughts and prayers, if you pray. It means a lot to me and I'm sure it means just as much to all the other refugees out there.



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