New Orleans breathed a prayer of thanks on Monday morning when Katrina veered to the right. Things were going to be bad, but not as bad as they had feared.
Then the levee broke.
Look around the city in which you live and imagine it becoming suddenly uninhabitable. For everyone.
Lives are gone.
Homes are gone.
Possessions are gone.
Jobs are gone.
Roads are gone.
The newspaper is closed.
Banks are closed.
Emergency services have poor communications as radios are failing.
Bodies are seen floating in the water.
Cemetaries have been destroyed and caskets of the long dead are floating away.
Hospitals are closed; the patients being airlifted to other hospitals. Do their families know where they are going? Are their families alive?
Life's necessities are gone or going while flood water is in abundance.
Bad enough yet? Here come the alligators, snakes, and looters. In hours, the city known as The Big Easy became a third world country. And those scenes were repeated all along the Gulf Coast.
Some are calling this the American Tsunami. Does it matter? Gone is gone; no matter what the method was.
Cherish and be thankful for who you have and what you have; because in the blink of an eye, it could be gone.
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