Well a few people have asked, so I’ll just put it all out there for anyone interested in what’s going on back home in Mississippi.
Most of the electricity is still out for about the southern half of state, including most of my hometown and surrounding area. This includes my mother and sister.
Mama didn’t get running water back until late Tuesday night, though I think my sister never lost water. Mama also has a tree down which pulled her electrical box from the house, so she’ll likely be last in her neighborhood to get electricity restored. My sister is the only one with gas-heated water, so they’re all showering at her house. Thank God for that, I guess!
My older brother who lives near Hattiesburg, directly in the path of the storm but about an hour’s drive inland, lost power of course, but only had some minor roof damage and fallen trees. I’m sure they have insurance for that. They are now staying with Mama back in Brookhaven and coping—with no power in the Mississippi heat.
At least parts of Brookhaven have power restored so they can buy a few things here and there. However, they have to drive store-to-store to see who’s open, and gas is running out fast. Many gas stations that still have power to run pumps are already out.
Schools will likely be closed until next week, and power could be out for weeks in many areas. At this point they’re over that—all the food has already spoiled and they’ve adapted to the heat. Let’s hope garbage service will resume soon to take away the festering thawed food.
I think the weirdest part is knowing that they don’t get to see how bad other places are. They don’t have TV, of course, and I suspect the town’s newspaper just started printing again today. The statewide paper probably hasn’t resumed delivery to most of the state. So they don’t see what we see—the bodies lying in the streets of New Orleans and the people crying over missing loved ones on the Gulf Coast.
Perhaps in a way they are lucky to be able to deal with their own problems without having to grieve for others just yet.