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It Is Day 1,000 May 24, 2008

Posted by The Typist in Federal Flood, New Orleans, NOLA, Toulouse Street, We Are Not OK.
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It is the 1,000th day since the Federal levees failed and New Orleans was drowned.

Thank you, Maitri, for keeping count.

I am reading what I wrote or transcribed 1,000 odd days ago and trying not to cry.

This weekend many of you will remember those who died for America.

This weekend I will remember those who died in America, those the government left to die as the American people watched it unfold on television. I will remember this siting in a city a half still in ruin, hundreds of thousands still displaced from their homes 1,000 days after.

God save us all.

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1. jack - May 26, 2008

I was watching a program on the History Channel, and it talked about the flooding, and how Huey Long tried to do something in the aftermath to help.

And I thought about how New Orleans has been through this all before–more than once, more than twice–hell, it was a feature of the tours. How the city had been decimated this way and that–even now, post-K, it’s in the tours.

And here’s New Orleans. Still. And it will continue.

But it will change because of this. As it has in the past. A lot of the people still referred to as ‘displaced’ are better referred to as ‘moved’–they’re not coming back, except maybe to visit.

And a lot of people out in the heart of darkness have seen the light that New Orleans shines with and they’re headed in.

A new layer is coming in, the city will swallow it up, swirl it around and make it part of all that is New Orleans.

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