As you’re reading the morning headlines and looking at the pictures, please take a minute to read, if you have not already, Josh Trevino’s piece about Nicaragua after Hurricane Mitch. The idea that water could wash away the land around a 15-foot well, turning it from a tunnel in the ground into a tower in the air, should give you pause.
And if have not made a donation to the Red Cross, please consider doing so. If you have not given blood recently, please consider doing so. The Red Cross site has a list of places in your area to make donations.
Here in San Francisco, Jewish Family and Community Services is coordinating donations.
Here are some links that Instapundit Glenn Reynolds has put up. He is updating them regularly.
Here’s the deal: The storm moved north, the Mississippi flows south. So rain to the north is going to run back into Mississippi and Alabama. It’s geography.
And even though flood waters may recede, the mud – and the damage – will be heavy and thick and filled with things you don’t want to think about. There will be no drinking water for many people through out Mississippi and Alabama for many, many weeks. Many people will lose their homes forever; the city of New Orleans will never be the same.
Residents are going to have to deal with a host of problems, among them threats from contaminated water that go by quaint old-fashioned names like cholera and typhoid. On top of that, there’s the heat. And the damage that heat and water can do.
And don’t forget that New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are resort communities: this Labor Day weekend would have been a busy one for many of the folks working in the hotels and restaurants along the seashore. Many of those jobs are gone, too. Gone for a long time.
So if you can, please give.