I went to bed last night with a heavy heart - just felt overwhelmed. There is so much chaos and confusion right now - Friends in Baton Rouge witnessed a car jacking yesterday. The evacuees at the Baton Rouge Centroplex are running amok. Pawn shops have been robbed and there are men running around Baton Rouge in packs carrying guns. We are told to stay locked in our homes and not to open the door for anyone we don't know. People are in a frenzy over gasoline - long lines forming at the pumps. The circuits are busy and the cell phone towers are jammed. You can't even get a phone call out. There is so much to face on every front - looting, flooding, traffic, disease control, crime....It feels like Armageddon has arrived. What gets us through is hearing from our friends from around the globe - people offering support, prayers, words of encouragement. The best news I heard today is when one of our visitors, Toni Loving, (who had previously posted a missing persons comment) wrote these words:
We have finally heard from our family. They are all alive. HOT, tired and in the dark but alive.
Toni, this warms my heart! I am so happy that you have been reunited with your family. I pray we will continue to hear more good news like this.
1/20/06 Update - The rumor that evacuees at the Baton Rouge Centroplex/River Center were running amok turned out to be untrue. Later reports indicated that the situation there was very calm. When the last evacuees left the center, however, it was pretty trashed, simply because it had housed so many people under dire conditions.