Our hurrication ended Friday, as we drove back to Houma. On the drive, we encountered blown over trees and signs. As we drew closer to New Orleans, more damage from hurricane Isaac came to view. Trees had knocked over power lines. Water had covered roadways, driveways, and properties. All along the road, hundreds of power line forklift trucks drove to begin restoring the community.
When passing by a group of these trucks or seeing them merge onto the highway, we honked and waved. DWShorty chanted “Heros! Heros! Heros!” Nearly 1000000 homes/people have been without power due to the hurricane. These power trucks come from across the country to help in the aftermath of storms. Barring the inevitable power outages, the city of New Orleans saw minimal damages. The billions of federal dollars put into an improved levee system were not spent in vain….
However, the real devastation was deferred to surrounding communities such as Slidell. These neighborhoods are merely collateral damage, as the flood prevention system can keep water out of one area, but ultimately, the water has to go somewhere.
The sad truth here is that wealthier areas take priority. The French Quarter and historic attractions in New Orleans had power restored quickly, while nearby residents are going on several days now with no power. The tourist areas are up and running quickly, as the economy is largely dependant upon them. Even locals are forced to go out to eat in these areas, because they are the only places with power. Natural disasters create a financial hardship on everyone, not just the government agencies. The hardship is endured long after the storm passes.
In Houma, several local businesses experienced flood damage and will be closed for several weeks. Parts of Houma went about a day and a half with no power. There were road closures due to flooding across the area. My apartment and vehicle endured no damages, though there are a lot of leaves everywhere.