With his permission, I am copying here Jim McDonald's posts about effects and after-effects of Katrina sent to the WPA-L listserv over the last few days. Jim is at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Posts appear in reverse chronological order.--Shirley Rose
Mon 9/26/2005 11:42 AM
Re: Hurricane Rita
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette closed 12:30 pm Thursday in anticipation of Hurricane Rita but will probably reopen tomorrow morning.
About one quarter of the city lost power, but I think most electricity has been restored. Lafayette lost a number of trees and had some flash flooding with 10 inches of rain and some storm surges in low-lying areas along the Bayous Teche and Vermillion but suffered less damage than three years ago with Hurricane Lily. Some buildings were damaged by fallen trees, but I haven't seen much wind damage.