By Cindy Brown / The Nature Conservancy
Cindy Brown is the Gulf Coast Program Director for The Nature Conservancy and a New Orleans native.
Our conversation began with the simple message in her subject line: Y’all ok? Amy, officemate but mostly friend, wanted to know how my family fared Hurricane Isaac. Amy and I share that special bond so many New Orleanians share, since we were both wiped out by Hurricane Katrina. I was happy and eager to hear from Amy — we hadn’t spoken since the news of Isaac’s approach. I responded with a simple Yes, since at this point I had evacuated and was communicating only by smart phone, and asked about her family.
Without power and water but we are prepared and even have a generator for periodic use for A/C unit and refrigerator. You have power? We are trying to make it an adventure for our boy and so far it is working. We’ll see what tomorrow brings. So fortunate considering what our friends who own the citrus farm in Braithwaite went through…
The citrus farms in Plaquemines Parish. I was aware of the tragedy that was unfolding in Braithwaite as the Gulf inundated parts of the parish up to rooftops, but hadn’t even thought about the potential damage to the parish’s citrus farms.