Positive news….

It’s good to see the National Guard trucks moving and to find out the water levels are pretty much holding stable. It’s pretty much the first postive news we’ve had as a city.

Being refugees has forced us to confront new realities and possibilities, particularly since it might be a while before we’ll actually be able to return to stay. I’m iself-employed in a food business that was just beginning to take off and fly a bit on its own when this storm struck. To wit…

1) when we actually go home, what shape will my production facility be in? Since it’s in Mid-City, I’m assuming it’s already full of water.

2) Even if I can get the equipment operating again someplace else, 75 percent of my business is done in metro New Orleans. Lord knows how long it might be (2006?) before any local clients will be able to start placing orders again.

3) So far, our house seems to be dry. But when we get back in, how long will it be before anything else is around us? The neighbors will return, but how long before any of us can start earning a paycheck again? I mean — earning a paycheck ANYwhere?

Insurance and federal dollars will, of course, be a help. I’ve never taken a dime of public assistance of any kind, but have already started trying to negotiate those hoops with as little confirmed information as I can get to this point. But I’m only one of hundreds of thousands facing the same questions and dilemmas. At least it appears (assuming the water stays where it is) I’ll have four walls to go back to, which is a hell of a lot more than many, many others will be able to say.

It’s both a problem and an opportunity.

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