God help Terrebonne

Sitting in the truck last night and listening to WWL radio, they were finally able to get a live interview with the sheriff of Terrebonne Parish (Houma). This is a lovely little city that straddles a bayou about 50 miles southwest of New Orleans. It’s home to bluesman Tab Benoit and a host of other tremendously nice people who are former customers and remain good friends.

Terrebonne Parish was devastated by Hurricane Gustav. The sheriff says there is no power, no sewage, no water supply, no gasoline, no nothing — much like or in many ways worse than New Orleans afte Katrina. Houma is not a spot in the road — it’s home to thousands who are either stuck there or who are on the road and being told they won’t be allowed back in for at least another ten days or so. Anyone attempting to return will be stopped and turned around. The place simply cannot support what few have remained, much less anyone who tries to come back.

Pray for these wonderful people and their parish. More than that, do what you can to help them. Please.

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