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Stories from Hurricane Isaac: Losing Everything and Starting Over

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Ray Griffin, owner of Cochiara’s Marina, “The National Guard has done a damn good job in rescue and aid, and I want to be sure and thank them first. But I am wondering when our government will become proactive in dealing with these situations instead of waiting until a disaster happens to respond. We know when a hurricane is coming. They should have been here a week ago checking to make sure the pumps worked, yet as this happened, our pumps were out of fuel, and our back ups were not working. But by proactive, I am not just talking about immediate needs or building levees, I mean rebuilding the barrier islands – so that we have some protection. Stop taking money from the feds and BP just to update old decrepit stuff. How about you do something that stops the water in the first place? I cannot fathom why the federal government would rather spend billions of dollars to evacuate people, than to rebuild our coastline and eliminate the problem. It meant a lot to me, that Romney was in front of thousands of people speaking one day, and in 24 hours was here talking to us. Obama is coming down (Monday). But I have an idea: Instead of just talking, if they both really cared, I want to see them on a commercial – together, right next to each other, asking for donations or something. I want to see them put politics aside, in the middle of this election, and do something merely for the good of the people. Then I will know that they care about Lafitte.”

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4:34PM PST on Jan 6, 2013

Thank you Colleen, for Sharing this!

12:21AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

Thanks for sharing this article

2:21PM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

I did not see our hear any of them rioting,stealing,looting and demanding like New Orleans people did in Katrina. These people want to work rebuild and fix the problem instead of having their greedy hands out for more freebies.I hope they prosper

10:16AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

so glad people keep remembering to put faces and personal stories to such tragedies that collectively we must address, usually via government services and programs

2:04PM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

so sad:-(

1:06PM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

Sad and life continues....bless the courage of those who survive the worst.

9:16AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

tragedy has a face

7:28AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

Wouldn't it make more sense to build new neighbourhoods [in their entirety] out of harm's way rather than repair them at the risk of further flooding? In this way the land could be used to create national parks and recreational areas. Further development should be banned - I wouldn't want to see business developer's profit from a person's personal loss.

6:57AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

The levees are part of the problem. For years we have tried to control the waters of the Mississippi River and all we have done is prevent the building of new land in the delta area by building up the levees and putting control locks up to stop the river from moving like it historically does. The river bed has always moved, until man decided they knew better than nature. These actions have caused errosion of the delta lands and stopped the creation of new delta land. If people want to live there, fine. But they should know that they will flood, and that they need to live in a way that will protect them and the delta lands.

3:35AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

Thank you for sharing these stories--since National news didn't find it worthy!

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