Still nothing on the whereabouts of my father. I've been looking online and trying to find out as much as I can.
I got an email yesterday from a cousin that I didn't know existed... She saw my post on nola.com and emailed me. We exchanged numbers and promised to keep each other informed. I'm still in shock that I have a cousin.
I've been looking at not only the missing persons forums, but also the forums for Jefferson Parish. It seems that there's not much flooding in his area. His house sits between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi - but closer to the Mississippi. One of the maps shows that area as 'dry'... There's still no electricity or water in the area, but residents are being allowed back to their homes (to secure them) on Monday. That has to be a good sign.
Perhaps if he stayed, it might not have gotten as bad as other places. But, I still don't know if he evacuated or not. If he evacuated, it may be quite some time before we hear from him. I find it greatly surprising that there's not some system in place where names are taken and posted centrally. You would think *someone* at the Astrodome would take a laptop and start making a list. It's not like they have a whole lot to do there. So many people willing to help...yet, there's not a line of people in Texas to take names and post them online. Even if there was - where would they post the names? On the nola site? CNN? The Red Cross?
And yes, the Red Cross has a system in place to find missing family members after a disaster. But, the process is slow and cumbersome and will take a while before anything is heard. With all the technology we have, shouldn't it be easier?
Posted by BlueWolf on September 4, 2005 12:33 AM