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Relief - Salvador Dali in a lawn chair.
I'm invisible without 3D glasses.
My mother's family just got water back today, although much of the city is still without power and some still without water. They still can't drink the water, but if they're desperate, they can boil it. Horace's mother and brother also brought down several cases of drinkable water from Jackson to tide them over.

I think the reason they got their power back so quickly is because they are on a separate grid/system from the rest of Hattiesburg. They're also a privileged neighborhood. The thought of their getting special treatment rankles me, but I'm still glad that they've got power. It might also be that the city's power system is just that much larger and it takes longer to get it back up.

As of right now, the biggest concern is fuel, just like further north. The difference without power, the pumps won't work and the ones that do can't get resupplied at all.

Dad has been driving back and forth from one end of the town to the other because he has obligations in both places. As the Canebrake Golf Club pro, he's got to get the course back to normal slowly, plus he's got about fifteen cats that he has to feed. Canebrake is about ten-fifteen miles to the west of town. He's also driving to the far southeast outside of town to the family farm to help them cut clear their driveways and get tree trunks off the roofs. The farm extended family is using a generator to operate the water pump on the property, so once again, fuel is a very precious necessity.

The hospitals are still closed. Both my step-mother Rita and my grandmother had to miss doctor's appointments to tend their broken ankle and wrist respectively. They're also running out of pain and heart medication, so that's a genuine concern. There's not much I can do about it right now. And even if I were to drive down and pick up someone to bring them closer to a doctor, I wouldn't have the fuel to get back.

I am slightly less worried than I was before now that I know my mother, Horace, and Grandma have drinking water. However, there are so many more growing concerns that appear as the rebuilding of utilities extends into the second week.

mood: undecided
music: Rod Stewart - "I Wish That I Knew What I Know Now"

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jopasm From: jopasm Date: September 2nd, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC) (link)
That's a relief. At least they've got water again. Guess that means a rescue operation won't be needed in this case. :)
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